Lesson Plan:

Caps For Sale!

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September 11, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas
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September 11, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Show students a hat. Ask them to think of another word for a hat. If students do not bring up "cap," then you should.
  • Ask students to see who wears caps at home.
  • Then, show the class the cover of Caps for Sale. Ask students if they have ever read this book.
  • Have students make predictions about what the book is about based on the cover.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Read students Caps for Sale. Throughout the story, add the hats on your head while you are reading.
  • Have students identify the color of hats as you put them on your head. Have them repeat "Caps, caps for sale! 50 cents a cap!" with you as you read.
  • When the part of the book arrives where the monkeys are mimicking the main character, have students stand up and participate.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to explain what happened at the beginning of the story. Ask students to identify how many caps were on the man's head? Count them all together.
  • Ask students what happened at the middle of the story? What animal stole the hats from the man? Ask the students what they would do if a monkey stole their hats.
  • Lastly, ask students how did the story ends.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Watch Caps For Sale. Stop it throughout as appropriate to check for understanding.
  • Give students a piece of white construction paper and instruct them to draw a man on the bottom of the page. Encourage them to focus on making a circle for the head, two circles for eyes, and to give him a smile!
  • Then, ask students what color cap the man puts on first (gray). Ask them to add the correct amount of caps to the mans head and glue them on (4).
  • Continue to have them add the correct color and amount of hats (4 gray, 4 yellow, 4 blue, 4 red) and glue them on appropriately.



  • Enrichment: Have students complete additional adding worksheets such as the How Many Fish? worksheet.
  • Support: Give students manipulatives to help them add the hats.



  • Assess student knowledge throughout the activity by observing the class to make sure they are adding the right color and the right amount of hats.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • To end the lesson, give students a copy of How Many Hats? and have them complete it independently. Be sure to monitor student work.

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