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Friday, December 28, 2012

Hat Day -- Jan. 15

It's about time, teachers, for . . .

National Hat Day, while not officially a national holiday (that requires an act of Congress), is a day dedicated to hat lovers everywhere.  On this special day, hats come out of the mothballs to make a statement about the wearer.  What could be better for a little winter fun and learning?!?

In my classroom, we dedicate an entire week to hats, culminated by wearing hats on the last day.  Since Jan. 15 is National Hat Day, I like to make that the day when my students can wear a hat of their choice to school.  While there is a school rule that hats cannot be worn inside, my principal gladly suspends that rule for the day for my class.  I love to watch my kiddos walk down the hall, beaming under their headgear as students from other classes stare with obvious envy.

There are scores of children's books on the subject.  I like to read 1 or 2 aloud each day. Here are some of my favorites:

  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
  • Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner
  • Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
  • Aunt Lucy Went to Buy a Hat by Alice Low
  • Away Went the Farmer’s Hat by Jane Belk Moncure
  • Benny’s Hat by Dirk Walbrecker
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss
  • Do You Have a Hat? By Eileen Spinelli
  • Don't Touch My Hat by James Rumford
  • Hat by Paul Hoppe
  • A Hat for Ivan by Max Lucado
  • A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
  • Hats! by Kevin Luthardt
  • Hats, Hats, Hats (Around the World Series) by Ann Morris
  • The Hat by Jan Brett
  • The Hat That Wore Clara B. by Melanie Turner-Denstaedt
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  • Jennie’s Hat by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Little Red Cowboy Hat by Susan Lowell
  • Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • The Magic Baseball Cap by David A. Ham
  • The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
  • Magritte's Marvelous Hat by D.B. Johnson
  • Milo's Hat Trick by Jon Agee
  • Old Hat New Hat by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • Pinkalicious and the Pink Hat Parade by Victoria Kann
  • The Scarecrow's Hat by Ken Brown
  • That 17th Hat by Trevor Eissler
  • A Three Hat Day by Laura Geringer 
  • Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo
  • Who Took the Farmer's Hat? by Joan L. Nodset
  • Whose Hat Is This? A Look at Hats Workers Wear by Sharon Katz Cooper

Hats provide a perfect platform for a thematic unit.  Over the next several days, I will post ideas for using a hat theme in your classroom.  These ideas are found in my product, Hats!  Hats!  Hooray for Hats!  

It is available on TpT and TN.

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