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I recently discovered two AMAZING picture books by Jon Klassen called I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat. Both stories involve a missing hat, a frustrated hat owner, and sneaky, hat-snatching behavior. The difference lies in the perspective: I Want My Hat Back is about the search and This is Not My Hat is about the escape.
School counselors could easily use these stories to talk about stealing and lying, both of which have negative consequences. It would be interesting for students to imagine what caused the animals to steal, then discuss how all of the characters could have handled the situation more positively. This could be done as a writing activity or roleplay. You could even create a class book that follows the same structure, but shows the characters making the right choices.
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My name is Marissa Rex and I am a 1st Grade teacher and an elementary school counselor from Ohio. I hope you enjoy my site!