When the Cat in the Hat comes back, Sally and her brother know it’s going to mean trouble. And guess what? They’re right!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a sequel to one of your favourite books in which the main character ‘comes back’.
- Use the book to create your own dictionary of rhyming words.
- The author uses lots of repetition in the story. Can you explain why?
- Retell the story from the point of view of the Cat in the Hat.
- Make a list of arguments for and against letting the Cat in the Hat into the house again.
- Look at the illustrations and think of some speech / thought bubbles for each of the characters.
- Cat in the Hat has some ‘Little Cats’ to help him out. Imagine that you had a ‘Little You’ to help you when you needed him / her. Could you write a story about this?
- Make a poster to advertise ‘Voom’ to others.
- Count the different types of punctuation used in the story. Can you use this information to create a graph / chart? Why have certain types of punctuation been used more than others?
- Estimate the height of the Cat in the Hat. How tall might Little Cat A be? Make a table / graph to show the heights of each of the Cats in the story.
- Investigate safe ways of removing a pink stain from different surfaces. Which is best?
- Design a new hat using the template provided (see Resources below).
- Could you use Powerpoint (or other multimedia software) to create a retelling of the story with images and narration?
- Design a machine that will help Sally and her brother clear away the snow at the start of the story.
- Create some puppets of the main characters in the story and use these to retell it to a friend or an audience.
- The illustrations used a limited number of colours. Could you create your own pictures (of the characters in the story) using only three or four colours?
- Look at photographs of snowy scenes and use these to create some pictures of your own.
- Could you create a picture of a snowy scene that uses pink snow (or another colour)?
- Design a new hat for the Cat in the Hat (see Resources below).
- Design a new dress for Sally’s mum to replace the one that was ruined by the Cat in the Hat.
- Choose a page from the story and compose a tune to accompany the rhymes on the page.