When the Cat in the Hat steps in on the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a roller-coaster ride of havoc and mayhem!
The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but it means lots of thrills and spills along the way.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Make a list of all of the rhyming words in the story.
- Count how many syllables can be found in different lines in the story. Is there a pattern?
- How many connectives can you find in the story? Can you try to change some of them? Does this improve the text or not?
- Compare the book with the animated and movie versions. Which do you prefer?
- Retell the story from the fish’s point of view.
- Write a prequel to the story that explains where the Cat in the Hat came from.
- Write a sequel to this story. What does the Cat in the Hat do next?
- Write a new story about the Things.
- Think of the arguments for and against telling mother about what happened that day.
- Rewrite the story (or part of it) in the form of a playscript, using the speech to help you. Could you perform your playscript?
- Think of some questions that you might ask the Cat in the Hat if you met him. How might he respond?
- Write a new story about a different cat in a hat.
- Find out more about the author, Dr. Seuss, by exploring his official site. If you could interview him, what would you say to him?
- Watch different readings of the story (or listen to the audiobook). Could you record your own version?
- The Cat in the Hat balances lots of objects while he is hopping on a ball. How much might each of these things weigh? What is the total weight?
- The Things like to fly kites. Can you explain how kites work? Could you make / fly some of your own?
- Use a painting program to create a picture of the Cat in the Hat.
- Design a new hat using the template provided (see Resources below).
- Make an interactive story that is based on the book.
- Design a game in which the children have to catch the Things.
- Make a presentation that advertises the book to children who have not read it yet.
- Design a game that Sally and her brother could play on other cold and wet days.
- Design your own game called ‘Fun in a Box’. What might be inside the box? How would the game be played? Can you create the game and write a set of instructions?
- Design a new machine that will clear up mess, like the one in the story. How will it work? What materials could it be made from?
- Could you create a model / toy version of the Cat in the Hat?
- Look at the use of colour in the illustrations. How many colours are used? Can you create your own illustrations that only use a few colours?
- Try to recreate some of the illustrations with a wider range of colours. Are the pictures better with more colours in them?
- Design a new hat for the Cat in the Hat (see Resources below).
- Create a storyboard / comic strip that retells the main events of the story.
- Look at the use of motion lines in the illustrations. Can you draw your own pictures that show motion using this technique?