We love so many of Dr. Seuss’ books but The Cat In The Hat is one of our all-time favorites. From the unpredictable cat to the wise fish, this classic book if full of learning opportunities. Many children can recognize the cat’s hat even when it’s not on the character’s head, so we used that iconic symbol to create The Cat’s Hat Pattern Activity. Your students will use the red and white stripes on the cat’s hat to create different patterns during this fun book-inspired center.
The Cat’s Hat Pattern Activity:
The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
Craft Sticks (1 jumbo craft stick and 12 or more regular craft sticks)
To prepare for this book-inspired activity, paint half of the craft sticks red and the other half white and let them dry. You can store the sticks in a pencil box or pouch for a quick and easy math center.
How To Play:
Read The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss and look at all of the illustrations. Talk about what the cat is wearing and ask your students to describe the cat’s hat.
During centers, have your students place the jumbo craft stick on the table and use the other red and white craft sticks to create an ABAB pattern like the cat’s hat. You can use this activity to differentiate and challenge your students by asking them to create additional patterns like ABBABB or red, white, white or AABAAB or red, red, white.
Extend the Learning:
For more pattern fun, you can also look back through the story and find rhyming words. Then, have your students identify the patterns or word families in the rhyming words. They can write the words on sticky notes and you can create an anchor charts of the different patterns.
This book-inspired The Cat’s Hat Pattern Activity is a fun way for young children to learn about patterns and an easy math center that can be used in a early elementary classroom.
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Are you looking for some fun activities to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday? This Dr. Seuss Author Studyhas a variety of resources that your students can use throughout reading month to learn about the author including a craft, writing activity, and character book report.
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