If you haven’t read it yet, this post on how we scaffold writing is a must read! It explains a process we really believe in and use regularly!
To write about “This Is Not My Hat” we used shaving cream (AKA Ocean Foam), and drew, dictated, or wrote (based on our individual levels) in the shaving cream to talk about the book. The three pictures we drew as models were a picture of a little fish, a picture of a big fish, and a picture of a crab. Shaving cream is a lot of fun to play with, so your kids may benefit from having some unstructured exploring time before or after (note: shaving cream in the carpet is OK! It dries up or wipes away very easily). We would then ask the students to draw or write about something in “This is Not My Hat” and then tell us about it. I like this book because it uses so many CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) and sight words. We also spent some time writing those!
For more activities to accompany a reading of “This Is Not My Hat”, click here!
Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.