Readers Response 2
Klassen, J. (2012) This is not my Hat. Sommerville, MA. Candlewick Press
Use for grades 1-3
Before reading “This is not my Hat” I had no idea where the story was going to take me. I loved the pictures and the story even though it is a little more on the serious subject line. I thought that this would be a great book for younger age group that addresses taking things that don’t belong to you. You can ask students what they think about the small fish taking the hat of the big fish just because. Is that right? Do you think the big fish is happy that the little fish took his hat? It can also open up the whole idea of prediction and inference. As you read as students Who did the little fish take the hat from? Where is the little fish going to go with the hat? “Do you think the little fish will be caught?
I loved the picture style of “This is not my Hat,” the use of the dark background makes the fish, plants and other animals stand out. The way the fish’s eye show expression really gives the feeling of suspense and worry for the small fish who took the hat and anger and suspicion for the big fish. The white dots of paint behind the fish help show movement and speed. And the ambiguous ending gives the reader the choice of how they think the book ends.
I definitely see that this book could lead to a great discussion on stealing with your students. I feel like sometimes with children they can sometimes think its ok to take things, and they wouldn’t consider it stealing, but I think this book paints a great picture of why you can’t take things from other just because you think it doesn’t belong with them. This is also a great opportunity to think would what happened after the big fish gets his hat back. Have students think about why they think happened and write an ending.
Objective: Students will independently write 1 paragraph about what they think happened at the end of “This is not my Hat.”
Lesson sketch: In this lesson students will practice predicting and inferring how characters and illustration help contribute to the storyline. Before reading This is Not my Hat, tell students to pay close attention to the pictures.
While reading ask students what they think about the two fish. How do we know how the little fish feels about taking the hat? How do we know the big fish is not happy? How can we tell when the fish are swimming fast or slow? What do you think the crab thinks about the little fishes actions? Why do you think the crab tells the big fish where the little fish went? Is it ok to take things that don’t below to you? Even if you think someone else shouldn’t have it, is it ok to take things that aren’t yours? What would you do if somebody took your belongings? What do you think happened to the little fish? Do you think the big fish ate him?
After discussion, students will write 1 paragraph about what they think happened to the little fish. They will accompany it with a picture.
2nd Grade Standards:
ELA.Literacy.R.L.2.4 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
ELA.Literacy.R.L.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
ELA.Literacy.W.2.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Here are some links that have some great ideas of other lesson ideas for this book:
This pdf has ideas for all three of Jon Klassen’s Hat trilogy.