Tuesday, June 18, 2024
This is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

by Mark Warner
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When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue top hat (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not as though he’ll ever know what happened, will he?

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Use the speech in the story to create a playscript.
  • Rewrite the text in the book as direct speech and / or reported speech. What is the difference between them?
  • The book is written in the first person. Can you rewrite it in the third person?
  • Use the story as the basis of a newspaper report about a stolen hat.
  • Can you find different examples of nouns / adjectives / verbs / adverbs in the text?
  • Look for examples of different types of punctuation in the story.
  • Carry out role play activities involving the small fish, the large fish and the crab. What are their thoughts about the events that took place in the story?
  • What happened to the small fish? Did he get away? Was he eaten? What might happen next?
  • Lots of the sentences in the story are very short. Could you join them using connectives? Why did the author choose not to do this?
  • Create a set of captions / speech bubbles / thought bubbles for the illustrations in the book.


  • Estimate the size of the small and large fish in the book. How do they compare to everyday objects in your home / classroom?


  • Research different types of fish and write a report about one.
  • Write a set of instructions to teach people how to care for a pet goldfish.
  • Find out about other types of creatures that live in the seas and oceans around the world.


  • Use art software to design a new hat for the fish(see Resources below).

Design Technology

  • Design and make a new hat for the fish so that he doesn’t have to steal one. What materials could you use?
  • Look at existing examples of hats. Who might wear them? How are they made? What materials are they made from? (see Resources below)


  • Look at the illustrations. How do the images convey movement / expressions?
  • Look at photos of fish and other sea creatures. Use these as the starting point for your own artwork (see Resources below).
  • Use the template to design a new hat for the fish (see Resources below).


  • Compose a tune that could be used in an animated movie of this story.


  • Make a list of reasons why it is wrong to steal things from others. How does it make the people involved feel?
  • Think of things that the small fish could do if he were ever tempted to steal again. How could he stop himself?



Hat Photos

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Underwater Pictures

Underwater Pictures

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Fish Hat Template

Hat Template (PDF)

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Fish Hat Template

Hat Template (PNG)

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