Jan Brett is a favorite of children... and teachers! I first introduce Jan Brett to my students in December with "The Wild Christmas Reindeer", "Gingerbread Baby", and "Gingerbread Friends". In January I continue with Jan Brett by doing activities with "The Hat", "The Mitten", and "The Three Snow Bears". The activities in this packet can be used to introduce Jan Brett, throughout your study, and at the end of your unit.
Pg.2- author information
Pg.3&4- book list
Pg.5- Jan Brett Circle Map
Pg.6- Jan Brett Bubble Map
Pg.7- Jan Brett Tree Map with writing lines
Pg.8- teacher notes for Thinking Maps
Pg.9- Jan Brett response log
Pg.10- favorite book graphing
Pg.11- favorite book writing
Pg.12- Jan Brett resources online
Pg.13- THANK YOU!
Here's a question for you - I LOVE doing author studies with my kids...And I always do Jab Brett for the Dec/Jan months because of all her christmas and winter books...but she is too high for the majority of my 2nd graders to read independently (when I taught 3rd, they did a lot of the activities independently - as centers). How do you do it?? Do you read the books to them and THEN have them do the activities?
Yes, I read the books to them. We also focus a lot on her illustrations and borders which is something they can do without being able to read the words. (They still find them and check them out on their own from the library even though they can't read them, but they are so obsessed with her and they love finding things in the books that we've talked about.) I also use the videos on her website to teach about her. She gives very good information about how she gets her ideas and the process behind her books. Even though they can't read her books, I know that what I do creates a love for her books so that they'll continue to seek them out as they can begin to read them. I hope this helps.