Grade: Elementary
Subject: Literature

#527. Caps For Sale

Literature, level: Elementary
Posted Mon Jul 20 13:28:00 PDT 1998 by Literature Chat board ().
Materials Required: varied
Activity Time: varied
Concepts Taught: Literature extension Activities


Post: Big Book Ideas-Please add some for Caps For Sale

Posted by Peachy on 6/05/98
Read the story several times to familiarize the children
with it.

Talk about peddlers and how they sell their wares.

Dramatize the story. Decorate painters caps in class and
then use those. The peddler can wear a lady's blazer and you
could make monkey masks, but they aren't necessary. The
children have no problem being monkeys! The teacher will
probably need to be the narrator.

Other hat ideas:
birthday party hats painted the colors mentioned in
the book.
Cone shaped construction paper caps, laminated.

Make some kind of monkey snack such as banana bread or a
gorp type snack with banana chips added.

Have a Cap Day. Students and teacher(s) wear their favorite

Have the children think of as many rhyming words for cap as
they can.

Use the game "A Barrel Of Monkeys" and either play according
to the directions or use the monkeys for math manipulatives.

Half fill a mason jar with peanuts in the shell. Use them
for estimation.

Please add your ideas!!
Re: Big Book Ideas--Great idea, Peachy!!
Posted by Kathleen. on 6/05/98
Have the children bring in as many hats/caps as they can from
home..let them parade, balancing the hats on their heads. See
how high they can pile the hats without them toppling off.

Play "Monkey see, monkey do"

Have a lesson on the cents sign and dollar sign, practice
reading and writing prices with those symbols. Label objects
with prices. Children could carry baskets of "wares", chanting
the name of the wares and their price.

Re: Big Book Ideas-Please add some for Caps For Sale
Posted by L T on 6/06/98
Use reading manipulatives with the big book. The children can
find and circle the word "caps" with Wikki Stix. Highlighting
tape can be used to find repetitive phrases.

Discuss feelings: tired, sleepy, angry, surprised.

Re: Big Book Ideas-Please add some for Caps For Sale
Posted by Addie k/mo, , on 6/06/98
This is a little off the subject, but when my son was in first or second grade, our school
had a dress like your favorite book character day and Chet picked the vendor from Caps
for Sale. We stacked and pinned together a bunch of caps (not a problem he collects them)
and then he wore this monkey puppet that had long arms and legs that wrapped around his
body. You could work the monkey with one hand and it even had a squeaker in its mouth
(I am sure his teacher loved that!) It was cute!

Re: Big Book Ideas-Please add some for Caps For Sale
Posted by Jill Davis,, on 6/07/98
This is a read-aloud for the book and includes a creative
extension. More on the theme of "Hats" can be found at my home
page! Jill

Book Title: Caps for Sale Author and Illustrator: Esphyr

Objectives: As a result of this experience the child will be able
to 1) appreciate listening to good literature and 2) participate
in a
creative movement activity/ game.

Materials and Resources:
Caps for Sale in both big book and library form
Personal hats to balance
Unused showercap- one for each child
* Note: When used properly, the showercap will prevent the spread
of lice
Hats- two to three for each child (baseball caps are easiest to
borrow and balance)
Music & Tape/ Record Player

Building Background and Creating Interest
Walk to story area balancing several hats on head
"Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap! I am a peddler that
sells something. Instead of carrying my wares on my back, I carry
them on my head. Can you guess what they are? [HATS!] That's
right, I sell hats, or as I call them, caps. I have another
friend who
also sells caps. One day he got into some trouble... Would you
like to hear the story?"

Show cover of the book, read the title, and author/ illustrator.
This is my friend. He's the one that also sells caps.
What is happening here? What is he doing? Who else is in the
picture? What kind of trouble do you think he is in?

Setting Purposes for Reading
Let's read Caps for Sale to find out what happened to my friend.

What is a "peddler"?
What are "wares"?
What are this peddler's wares?
How many red caps does he have? Gray caps? White caps? Brown
caps? Checked caps? Total?
What would happen if the man "upset" his caps? What would happen
to the hats?
Why did the man walk slowly?
Now, how many caps are on the man's head?
Is that more than before, less than before, or the same as before?
What do you think happened to his caps?
What do you think he saw?
What do you think the monkeys will do?
What will the man do now?

Creative Activity:
Have each child put on an unused shower cap (if you will be
reusing, label with the child's name in permanent marker). Make
all hair is tucked in the shower cap.
Give each child two to three hats to put on. The child may need
to find a partner to help balance on his/ her head.
Put on music and have the children move around the room/ gym,
trying to balance the hats.
As the children move about, call out instructions such as Touch
the floor; Spin around once; Sit down; Stand up; Balance on one
leg; Find a partner and touch hands
When you call out Watch out for the monkeys!, have the students
take off their hats. When you call out Caps for Sale!, have the
students put back on their hats.

Observe and record notes on 1) the enjoyment of the story and 2)
the interest and enthusiasm of the activity.

Jills Early childhood pages