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Do you read the book “The Scarecrow’s Hat” by Ken Brown? It’s one of my personal, all-time favorite scarecrow stories.
Because of all the “swapping” going on with the various characters in the story, “Scarecrow’s Hat” is perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.
With that in mind, I designed this “flip it over” 3D hat craft, that’s made out of a yellow bowl.
Run the hat brim off on yellow construction paper. Students assemble and glue the bowl face down, on top of the brim.
There are two options for sequencing and retelling the story.
Students can color, cut and sequence the “beginning of the story” graphics gluing them to the front of the hat; then color, cut and sequence the “end of the story” graphics and glue them to the “back” of the hat, which is now the chicken’s nest. OR …
Children can glue all of the graphics around the front, then simply flip the hat over to reveal the chicken on her nest to tell the end of the story.
I personally like gluing all of the graphics to the front, then for a “big finish” and “wow” of an ending, flip the hat over to reveal why the chicken wanted the scarecrow’s hat.
The chicken is 3-dimensional and “rocks” before you put her inside the base of the bowl. For my sample, I ran 2 sheets of various shades of brown construction paper through a shredder, to make the lining for hen’s “nest”.
For some more 3D pop, you can also add a jute bow or small, silk sunflower to the base of the bowl, which is the “top” of the scarecrow’s hat.
I’ve included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.
When everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns retelling the story of “The Scarecrow’s Hat” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.
To further check comprehension as well as practice sequential writing, I’ve included a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet.
There’s a black & white template for students to fill in, plus a colorful pattern page so you can do this as a whole-group activity with little ones.
After I finished designing both of my scarecrow’s hat projects, I decided to make this hat craft for myself, to share with my students after I read the story, as a means of reviewing the sequence of the book, then I had them transition to making my other scarecrow craftivity where they flip the “hump” of the hat to sequence and retell the tale.
Because of this, I thought I’d BUNDLE both, in case you’d like to do that too.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a fun time sequencing & retelling “The Scarecrow’s Hat”.
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