Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Mitten

I love Jan Brett and her books.  Here is her website that will give you all kinds activities and information about her and her books.  The Mitten is one of those books I love working with in the winter.  We don't get much cold weather down here, but it has been cold since we' ve come back from break.  So, why not use that weather to experiment and read some great winter books.

The kids I'm working with have never seen real snow, so we did a little writing about it.

If it snowed, I would   ("would" is the sight word we worked on)

We read The Mitten by jan brett and The Mitten by Alvin Tesselt an older version.

We used a story map to retell each story.

We used a compare and contrast graphic organizer with the two versions of the story.

If you have a-z leveled books available to you, there is another version of the story at level d.  it is a little low for my kids but we can practice fluency and keep them reading.

This website has lots of neat activities and printables that work with the story.

Here you could print out this neat activity.
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Here is a cool experiment using thermometers and mittens.  Which is warmer the mitten or the mitten with your hand in it.  The original idea came from Jan Brett's website, but Corkboard connections gives you good information about experimenting.

If you are in the lower grades, you can put snow (I've used my snow cone maker ) or ice to your sensory table along with different mittens and gloves to see which is warmer.

what a cute numbers to sets activity.

Make, Take, and Teach has 4 mitten activities, rhyming, beginning sounds, number to set, and adding.  I love this website. She always has wonderful freebies.

Do you have a fun mitten activity?

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