Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobodkina Book Description



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Caps for Sale

Esphyr Slobodkina
Book Description:


  • A peddler, who sells caps for a living, stops under a tree to take a nap one day. When he wakes up, several of the caps have disappeared. The only one left is his checked cap.


Academic Objective(s):


  • ELA1R6f: The student uses a variety of strategies to understand and gain meaning from grade-level text. The student makes connections between texts and/or personal experiences.

  • ELA1R6e: The student uses a variety of strategies to understand and gain meaning from grade-level text. The student distinguishes fact from fiction in text.

  • ELA1W1a: The student begins to demonstrate competency in the writing process. The student writes text of a length appropriate to address a topic and tell a story.

  • ELA1W1b: The student begins to demonstrate competency in the writing process. The student describes an experience in writing.


Brilliant Star Objective:


  • Work/Career: Students will be able to discern the need for developing an interest in a particular career and the attitude necessary for sustaining that career.

  • Cognitive/Thinking: Classification: Students will be able to organize given elements into sets according to a specified rule or common attributes.

  • Physical Fitness: Student will describe flexibility, as in moving from one place to another, and identify the importance of physical movement.


Readability Level: 2.4
Vocabulary: peddler, wares, ordinary, country, disturb, refreshed, sale
Questions:
Before Reading:


  • What is happening in the picture?(cover of book)

  • What kind of trouble might he be in?


During Reading:


  • Why was the peddler carrying his hats?

  • Where did the peddler carry his hats? And Why?

  • What would happen if the man “upset” his caps?

  • What color was the peddler’s hat?

  • What happened when the peddler sat down under the tree?

  • Who was involved in the hats disappearing?

  • How did the peddler get his hats back?


After Reading:


  • What made the peddler so mad? How could we tell?

  • How did his own cap help him get his caps back?

  • Why do you think the peddler was selling his caps?


Follow-Up Activities:


  • Have students gather all sorts of hats to identify, talk about who would wear them, etc. Draw a picture of the person that would wear or work in that hat.

  • Have students create a cap to sell and write adjectives to describe the hat.

  • Have students identify between fact and fiction using events from the story, with each student creating a chart of their own by drawing one event that represents fact and one that shows fiction.

  • Have students put on a shower cap and balance caps on their head, moving around, as other students try to cause the caps to fall. After each student has a turn, have students share, then write, three sentences about how it was to balance caps on their head trying to keep them from falling.

  • Have students decide on a possible career/work choice (include what they would wear, a tool that would be used, and a job that they would have to do for that career or job).


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