These activity plans came from Judy Bruner's Resource
Classroom at Elementary West.
Other books and activities from participating classrooms
will be posted as they are received.
Begin the lesson by going to our Hedgehog site and
going to the Hedgehog activities. Scroll down to activity #2.
Read about The Hat by Jan Brett. After learning about the background for the book,
read The Hat to the class.
Go to Hedgehog activities and click on
activity #4 and print out the hedgehog and costumes by Jan Brett for the children to make.
(You will want to do this before the lesson so that you can make copies and have it
Begin the lesson by going to Find out about
hedgehogs and read the information to the class, if they are unable to read it
themselves. Go to Hedgeetta meets Gonzo and read the information.
Go to Take a quiz about hedgehogs and take the quiz as a
class, in small groups, or as individual students.
Go to make a 3-D hedgehog and
print out pattern and directions. (You will want to print pattern and directions before the
lesson and make copies.) To see what a class in New Zealand has done with this project go
Can site and see how Mrs. Crawford's children in New Zealand made the background for
their 3-D hedgehog.
Begin the lesson by going to: Read stories
about Hedgeetta. Read the stories that the children in Mrs. Bruner's room wrote about
Hedgeetta. Go to Mrs. Crawford's
Class and read the stories that Mrs. Crawford's children wrote about hedgehogs. Go to Hedgehog Activities and scroll down to activity #8. Print out
the Hedgehog stationary from Jan Brett. (You will want to print out the pattern for the
stationary and make copies of it before the lesson.) Let the children write their own
story about a hedgehog and give it a name. Let the children print their story on the
computer using the hedgehog stationary.
Go to Hedgehog Activity page
and go to #3. Print out the directions for drawing a hedgehog by Jan Brett. (You will want
to print out the directions for the hedgehog and make copies of it before the lesson.) Let
the children draw their hedgehog and staple it to their story. Display their work in your
The setting for Jan Brett's book The Hat takes place in
Denmark. Begin the lesson by going to Denmark. Read information about
Denmark's tradition, history, holidays, and some recipes written by a 6th grade classroom
at Fisher Grade School in Fisher, Illinois. They corresponded with children in Denmark to
learn about the country. Select those activities that are appropriate for your grade
level. I especially liked learning about their way of life and how they celebrate
Let the children choose a country and design a costume
for their hedgehog to wear that would represent the country they chose. Use the hedgehog
that the students made on Day 1 for this activity.
Begin the lesson by going to Jan
Brett's Download Masks page. Print masks for the characters
in The Hat and put on a play. (You will want to print the masks on a color printer
or have the children color them before the lesson. Glue the masks to tagboard and cut them
out so they will last longer.) You may wish to invite other classrooms to your play. The
children may wish to share information that they have learned during their five day study.
Go to the Hedgehog
Cookies page. Make Hedgie cookies by following directions by Jan Brett.