Friday, February 17, 2012

Changing Abraham Lincoln's Hat - President's Day Activity

We read Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner, a Scholastic Step into Reading book, about the importance of Abraham Lincoln's hat, both in helping him to stand out in a crowd, and for holding his important papers.

Lincoln certainly stood out as a tall man in a tall hat. I asked the children if they thought he would have made as big an impression in any other hat.

Then, I gave them a chance to find out, with a couple different sized printouts of a colorized photo of Abraham Lincoln, that I found at

...and a page full of pictures of hats copied right off of Google images after searching for "hats", for the younger children to cut out...

...and try on the president.

I had the older children join in the activity too, but cutting and pasting the hats onto the picture in Windows' Paint program instead, for a little more of a challenge.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Christy Killoran said...

Ha!!! We read that book this week too. I'll have to try out your activity.

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

So Lincoln gets hats and GW gets new smiles? Anna read that book too in school. She rarely tells us about school books, so it must have made an impression.

Unknown said...

BAHAHAHAHAHA!!! This is so funny!

Anonymous said...

Hello. I wanted to share a picture cook book with you. We borrowed a book titled Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! By Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel from our library. It is a fun story about the Little Red Hen's great grand son who wants something other than chicken feed for food. There are fun things all through the book as well as the recipie at the end. It's for strawberry shortcake. *smile* I hope you get the chance to check it out for your picture cook-book series. *smile* Sincerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!