These activity plans came from Judy Bruner's Resource Classroom at Elementary West in Loogootee,
Begin the lesson by going to our Hedgehog site and going to the Hedgehog
activities. Scroll down to activity #2. Read about The Hat by Jan Brett. After
learning about the background for the book, read The Hat to the class.
Go to Hedgehog activities and click on activity #4 and print
out the hedgehog and costumes by Jan Brett for the children to make. (You will want to do
this before the lesson so that you can make copies and have it ready.)
Begin the lesson by going to Find out about hedgehogs and read
the information to the class, if they are unable to read it themselves. Go to See pictures of Hedgeetta and read the information. Go to Hedgeetta meets Gonzo and read the information. Go to Take a quiz about hedgehogs and take the quiz as a class, in
small groups, or as individual students.
Go to make a 3-D hedgehog and print out pattern and
directions. (You will want to print pattern and directions before the lesson and make
copies.) To see what a class in New Zealand has done with this project go to Hedgehogs Can site
and see how Mrs. Crawford's children in New Zealand made the background for their 3-D
Go to Mrs. Crawford's
Class and read the stories that Mrs. Crawford's children wrote about hedgehogs. Go to Hedgehog Activities and scroll down to activity #8. Print out the
Hedgehog stationary from Jan Brett. (You will want to print out the pattern for the
stationary and make copies of it before the lesson.) Let the children write their own
story about a hedgehog and give it a name. Let the children print their story on the
computer using the hedgehog stationary.
Go to Hedgehog Activity page and go to #3. Print out the
directions for drawing a hedgehog by Jan Brett. (You will want to print out the directions
for the hedgehog and make copies of it before the lesson.) Let the children draw their
hedgehog and staple it to their story. Display their work in your classroom.
The setting for Jan Brett's book The Hat takes place in Denmark. Begin the lesson by going
to Denmark. Read information
about Denmark's tradition, history, holidays, and some recipes written by a 6th grade
classroom at Fisher Grade School in Fisher, Illinois. They corresponded with children in
Denmark to learn about the country. Select those activities that are appropriate for your
grade level. I especially liked learning about their way of life and how they celebrate
Let the children choose a country and design a costume for their hedgehog to wear that
would represent the country they chose. Use the hedgehog that the students made on Day 1
for this activity.
Begin the lesson by going to Hedgehog Activities. Scroll down
to #7. Print masks for the characters in The Hat and put on a play. (You will want
to print the masks on a color printer or have the children color them before the lesson.
Glue the masks to tagboard and cut them out so they will last longer.) You may wish to
invite other classrooms to your play. The children may wish to share information that they
have learned during their five day study.
Go to Hedgehog Activities and scroll down to activity #12. Make
Hedgie cookies by following directions by Jan Brett.