Bad Hair Day Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

How do you make the best of a bad hair day? In this lesson plan, students will read the book, ~'Bad Hair Day~' by Susan Hood and complete an activity imagining their own bad hair day.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Discuss rhyming words in the book ''Bad Hair Day''
  • Create an original book about a bad hair day


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.


Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.


  • Copy of the book, ''Bad Hair Day'' by Susan Hood
  • Several sheets of white construction paper
  • Markers and/or colored pencils
  • Stapler (or other means of putting pages together to make a book)


  • Begin by discussing with the class what it means to have a bad hair day.
    • Ask what a bad hair day is.
    • Allow students to share stories or experiences with the idea of a bad hair day.
  • Next, introduce the book.
    • Point out the title, author, and illustrator of the book,
    • Discuss the cover illustration and what it might have to do with the story inside.
    • Ask students to make predictions on what the book might be about.
  • Read the book aloud to the class.
  • After reading, discuss:
    • What happened that made the little girl want to wear a hat?
    • How did her mom decide to fix it?
    • Describe some of the funny hair styles she saw on the way.
    • What happened in the end? What made the little girl feel good about her hair again?
    • What would you have done if this had happened to you?
  • Now talk about the rhyming words in the book.
    • Go through and reread each page.
    • As you go, have students point out the rhyming words on each page.
  • Close the lesson by asking students to summarize and/or share their thoughts about the book.


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