I Got This Hat Teaching Notes

I Got This Hat
Jol and Kate Temple (authors), Jon Foye (illus.), ABC Books, 2013.


Jol and Kate Temple
Jol and Kate Temple

Jol and Kate Temple enjoy wearing hats together. Jol likes a fedora, Kate a fez. They write ‘silly’ books for children, including Parrot Carrot, Mike I Don’t Like, and their latest in a new series Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade. Find out more about them at their website.

Jon Foye is a big fan of the raccoonskin cap. He has illustrated three books with Jol and Kate, and is also an advertising art director. They can all be followed on Instagram here.

I Got This Hat REVIEW:

How many hats do you own? Do you have an extensive assortment that you wear at random? From the brilliant team who tickled us silly with ‘Mike I Don’t Like’ is this hat-astic, titfer-fest in rhyming fashion; it’s ‘I Got This Hat’.

imageFrom the orient of China to the depths of a miner and deep-sea diver, a racing car driver, a pirate and the Scottish Highlands, this child rolls out a dizzy of head toppers. He also covers hats for bikers, vikings, eskimos and Mexicans. You name it, he’s got it! But what will be his choice when it comes to bedtime? Would you be able to make up your mind?

imageJol and Kate Temple cleverly rattle off this worldly list of hat terms at a rollicking, banterful pace. Whilst some words directly rhyme with the next, the book is able to move forward with the flow of carefully selected sounds that orally and auditorily make sense. For example, ‘pilot’ moves to ‘pirate’ to ‘island’ to ‘highlands’. And to cap it all off (excuse the pun!), the illustrations by Jon Foye tie in brilliantly with the sharp-witted, in-your-face extremities of full focus headshots, vibrant colours and bold, capitalised font edging the pages.

‘I Got This Hat’ is plentiful with frivolity, word play, and cultural and social diversity that is sure to get your preschoolers in a giggly type of headspin. Perfect for any kind of noggin!


1. Name five (5) kinds of hats seen in the story.

2. What is the type of hat called used for biking?

3. Which hat has the grass sticking out the top?

4. Who wears a warm, fuzzy hat?

5. What kind of hat does the child wear to bed?



  • Rhyming Words. The story is written with a fun rhythmic canter. Let’s explore rhyming words. Can you think of rhyming words for ‘hat’?

TASK 1: Choose a word that rhymes with ‘hat’. Say it, write it, draw it, make it.

For more advanced students discuss how each sentence rolls into the next. What are the common sounds? What rhymes with what, and can you think of other rhyming words for each hat? Eg. Biking, Viking, Hiking, Striking, Pie-King!

TASK 2: Write a sentence or poem using as many of the rhyming words as possible. Illustrate. Collate to make into a class book.


  • Reading Comprehension. Match the hat picture with the correct label. Download the I Got This Hat Match Up activity here.


  • A-Z Thinking Chart: Hats. There are many types of hats seen in the book. Can you name a few?

TASK: Write and draw a different kind of hat for each letter of the alphabet. Download the I Got This Hat Alphabet Chart here.


See also how to make an alphabet hat in ‘Visual Arts / Technology’.

  • Words out of a Hat. Many of the same words are repeated in the story. What are some of the common sight words in the story? (I, got, this, from, a, the).

TASK: Choose which words to focus on. Write rhyming words, CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words or sight words on to pieces of paper. Put them in a hat and ask the child to pull out one at a time and read it. Check out instructions at Planning Play Time.


  • Read other books about hats, culture or dressing up:



  • Occupations. The book explores hats that people might wear in their work place. Can you think of other kinds of hats or jobs where people might wear hats? Why would they need to wear this hat for work?

TASK 1: Hat Play. Pull a hat out of a hat. What is this hat used for? Who might wear it? Let’s act how this person in this hat might act. Take turns to pull a different hat out of the hat.

TASK 2: Hat Play Mix-up. Pull two hats out of the hat. Who wears these hats? How might a person act if they were both these roles? For example, a police officer wearing a clown hat, a nurse wearing a chef’s hat.

TASK 3: Make a flip book with different people and hats that can be changed by flipping one piece over. Write a sentence or a story about a person with an unusual hat. Eg. The lollipop man stopped traffic in his favourite jester hat.

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  • Cultures. There are also types of hats that represent different cultures or from places around the world. Can you see or think of a hat that comes from a certain country? What is it and what is it used for?

TASK: Explore different cultures and traditions. Hold a Culture Day celebration where children dress up with a cultural hat, bring traditional food, make crafts, sing songs, etc.


  • Culture and religion. Picture books can be great for older children (and adults) too. Explore some topics including history, culture and religion relating to hats and head coverings.

Ask, How have hats changed over time? What might be the reasons for the changes in hat design? Changes in fashion, climate, lifestyle and activities, etc. Besides the hats seen in the book, what other kinds of hats can you think of? Are there head coverings that might be worn for religious or cultural reasons? For example, Jewish men wear a ‘kippah’ or skullcap. Muslims wear a turban or hijab. Cardinals and Popes wear ‘zucchettos’ or gourd. What significance do these have for their religion?

  • Grouping Hats. Can you list some different kinds of hats and their general uses? What are the main reasons for wearing hats?

imageTASK: Print and cut out a selection of various styles of hats. On a chart or table sort and arrange hats into appropriate sub-heading categories underneath the main heading. Headings (and sub-headings) may include Country (Australia, Europe, Asia, etc), Occupation (Food, Entertainment, Public Welfare, etc), Weather (Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring) or Safety (Protection in Work Place, Weather, Harm or Injury, etc).


Explore De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats when relating to the story. Pick one or more hats from the book to focus on for each Thinking Hat. For example, the Eskimo hat:

Red- Feelings. How might you feel in this hat? (Physically and emotionally).

White- Facts. What do you know about this hat? Where did they originate from? What is its purpose?

Yellow- Benefits.What are the benefits of this hat?

Black – Cautions. What are the disadvantages to this hat? Are there any situations you would have to be cautious about?

Green- Creativity. What other ways can you use this hat? Can it be used for something other than a hat?

Blue- Thinking. What is the process / technology in making this hat? Design another hat for the same purpose.

TASK: Complete a poster representing each thinking hat for your chosen hat. Download the I Got This Hat Six Thinking Hats sheet here.



  • Graphs and Data. Favourite Hats / Hats I Own / Strangest Hats.

Did you have a favourite hat from the book? Which hats do you have at home? What do think is the strangest hat?

TASK: Make a list of favourite hats (or hats we own or the strangest hats) with the class. Survey each student and tally the results. Use the tally results to formulate a graph or chart (bar, pie, picture).

Discuss the findings. Which hat is the most popular? Least popular? How many people like the ___ hat? How many people own a ___ hat?, and so on.

  • Chance and Probability. Hats in a Hat.

How likely is it that I will come to school tomorrow with a party hat on? Is it impossible that I have a viking hat in my bag right now? What is the probability of me pulling a rabbit out of a top hat? Can you think of a situation with a hat using the vocabulary used in Chance?

TASK: Collect or cut out small different-coloured hats to be placed in a large hat. You might choose 4 blue hats, 3 green hats, 2 red hats and 1 yellow hat. The student predicts what colour hat they might pick (without looking), then take one out to see what it actually is. Mark this on the graph against each colour and repeat another 9 times (10 turns in total).

Can the child notice a trend? What seems to be the most popular colour? Will they guess correctly next time? During the game ask, ‘what might be the chance of a blue hat coming out next?’ ‘What about a yellow one?’ ‘What about an orange one?’.

After the game observe the results on the graph. Which colour was picked most? Least? What might be the reason for these results? If you played again might you guess more correctly? Encourage the child to use chance language including ‘likely’, ‘unlikely’, ‘probably’, ‘impossible’.

  • Number. Math Magician Number Stories.

Can you be a Math Magician and make equations magically appear out of a hat?

TASK: Write numbers 0 – 10 (or 20 depending on level) on different strips of coloured paper. Place the strips into a hat. Pull out two strips to devise and calculate your own number stories using addition, subtraction, multiplication and/or division. You may like to use concrete materials to assist visually.

For example, with a 10 and a 6: The milliner made 10 hats. She sold 6. How many hats did she have left? 10 take away 6 is ___, 10 – 6 = ___.

The milliner made 6 hats on Tuesday and 10 on Friday. How many hats did she make that week? 6 and 10 makes ____, 6 + 10 = ____.

Record the stories on paper.

  • Number and Shape. Peg Patterns or Peg Counting.

TASK: This activity from Munchkins and Moms can be altered for any purpose. Practice patterns with coloured hat pegs, or draw a number line on the stick and practice counting, skip counting or addition.
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  • Hat Templates and Crafts. What was the most unusual hat in the story? What might you add to this hat to make it even more crazy or useful?

TASK: Design your own inventive hat creation with these templates from First Palette.


  • Alphabet Hats. Practice and reinforce letter and sound knowledge with these cool alphabet hats from 123HomeschoolForMe.


  • Cardboard Tube Hat-Wearing People.

TASK: To coincide with studies on culture you could make cardboard tube people from around the world! Or make people of different occupations. The choice is yours! Check out this cute craft from The Crafty Crow. Great for role play action!


  • Self-Portraits.

TASK: Paint / create a self potrait of yourself wearing the craziest hat! Think about the proportion of your hat (huge, tiny or just right?), the colours and medium you will use to create texture and / or pattern.

STEM Challenge.

  • A Stack of Hats. How high can you build a stack of hats? How many hats will it hold before it falls? What might be the best method for building a tower of hats? What is gravity? How can we keep the tower stable? Does hat size matter?

TASK: Experiment with this fun trial and error STEM activity to build a hat stack with plastic cups and paper. What worked? What didn’t work?

Check out this Dr Suess Stacking the Cat’s Hat STEM challenge at Little Bins for Little Hands.

ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime 2016 information and activities can be found at their website.


The awesome app for I Got This Hat can be found on iTunes here.


Purchase I Got This Hat.

Go to the I Got This Hat website for more fun!

Lessons and photography by Romi Sharp, BECS, Dip.Ed (Primary).

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