I love getting crafty when I can, so when I decided to read “Caps For Sale” by Esphyr Slobadkina with my students, I knew I had to think of a craft to go along with it. We’d been working on describing with the Expanding Expressions Tool (click here to see my post about the EET) so I wanted to tie that in.
To prepare, I meant to use our school’s die-cut machine to make some monkeys and hats that matched the Expanding Expressions Tool (EET) colors. Well, I don’t know where my brain was, but we didn’t have either shape or anything close to them. A quick search on Google turned up some free, black and white clip art. I printed out a monkey and enough hats for each student to complete the EET. I pre-cut all the shapes as well to save time.
After we read the story, we described a cap. Each cap stood for a portion of the Expanding Expressions Tool. The students wrote the information under the picture of the cap and then colored that it to match the bead on the EET (green-group, blue-do, etc.)
Once our writing and coloring was done, the students glued the hats onto the monkey. Is there anything cuter than a monkey in a hat?