This was one of those projects that I still don't know if I love it or hate it. I was trying to think of some way to use the Cat in the Hat, hat as a math project. My students need more practice on numbers 20-30 so I decided to focus on those numbers. My goal was to have them place small hats in each stripe, count them and write the number. It ended up being more work for me due to my planing as the project went along, but I know better for next time we do this! Here is the end result, and I'll explain my thought process along the way...
We started this project by painting every other strip red on the hat...most of us did this successfully. :) After it dried, we cut the hats out.
Next, I prepared groups of 10 small hats for the students to cut and place in the stripes. This would model counting by 10 frames, which we are now counting by 20 frames. My first instruction to the students was to glue two groups of 10 small hats in each stripe, which gave them 20 hats in each stripe. (Next time I do this project, I will already have these hats printed on the construction paper, to eliminate this step.)
Then I let them glue down more individual small hats in each stripe. They could glue down between 1 and 9 more. This is another part I didn't plan out well. When I first made these large hats, I didn't know what I wanted to use them for, so mid way through this project I realized they wouldn't have space to write the number of small hats in each stripe. So to make sure they would have room to write the number, I drew a circle in pencil in each stripe so they would leave space to write the number.
I had the students count their hats and write the number in pencil in small groups with my aide. Once we knew they had the correct amount, then they traced it in marker.