Do your students struggle with responsible-decision making? Read on to find I Want My Hat Back activities and comprehension questions to promote responsible-decision making, honesty and integrity.
In I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, a bear calmly asks the other animals if they have seen his hat until it suddenly remembers where it last saw the hat. I Want My Hat Back focuses on the fact that lying and stealing are wrong and they come with consequences.
I Want My Hat Back gives you the opportunity to promote:
- responsible-decision making
- honesty and integrity
- asking questions
- manners and politeness
You can also use the book to teach
- sequencing and retelling
- cause and effect
- point of view
- problem and solution
I Want My Hat Back Summary
A bear has lost his red, pointy hat and wants it back. He patiently and politely asks each animal he comes across whether they have seen his hat. Each animal denies seeing it. The bear feels dejected and worries he will never see his hat again.
As the bear loses hope, a deer comes by and asks what his hat looks like. As the bear describes the hat, he sparks his memory and remembers where he saw his hat. The bear jumps up and returns to confront the guilty animal and recover his hat.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Walker Books (2012)
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Jon Klassen's Official Website
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I Want My Hat Back Story Activities and Resources
I have created literacy graphic organizers for I Want My Hat. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:
- Cause & Effect
- Character Traits and Analysis
- Making Connections
- Point of View
- Problem and Solution
- Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing
- Inference and Prediction
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FREE I Want My Hat Back Activities
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I Want My Hat Back Read-Aloud Questions
Read-aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits, strategies, fluency, tone, and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.
- How did the illustrations help you understand the emotions and thoughts of the characters in I Want My Hat Back?
- Why do you think the rabbit stole the bear's hat? Why did it lie to the bear about taking its hat?
- What is your opinion of how the bear dealt with the rabbit once it found its hat?
- What would have been a different way for the bear to deal with the rabbit stealing its hat?
- Why do you think the deer asking the bear about its hat is an important part of the story?
- Why do you think the illustrator made p. 19 red? How does red make you feel?
- Why do you think Jon Klassen leaves some pages wordless?
- Do you think the consequences of stealing the hat were appropriate? Why or why not?
- What if the rabbit didn’t steal the bear’s hat?
- Is there a difference between the rabbit lying and the bear lying to the squirrel? If so, in what way?
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