The Mitten, by Jan Brett, is the classic tale of a young boy who loses his mitten, and the animals who find it! It is a great story to build comprehension skills with your kindergarten through 3rd grade students.
I’ve provided several activities for you to choose from.
Story Telling (color and black and white)
: Use these sets of character figures to retell the story. After students retell it enough detail that they demonstrate familiarity with the text, have them write a reader’s theater script, and then use the figures on craft sticks to act it out.
Mitten Craft Project
: Have students make paper bag mittens or "knit" paper mittens and then use as a prop with the story telling figures.
: Use the set of half page, color cards to sequence events from the story. Then have students sequence the story independently on a sequencing printable worksheet.
Identifying Story Elements
: Have student write or draw the key story elements, including characters, setting, beginning, middle, ending, problem, and solution.
Word and Picture Cards Matching
: Have students match pictures to word cards. Display the cards as a word bank for students to use when reading and writing about the story.
: Jan Brett uses rich language in this story. Introduce the meanings of the words, and during retellings, encourage the students to use or act out the words so they gain familiarity with them. I’ve designed the vocabulary and meaning cards to be printed back-to back, but you can use them however they best meet your needs. I’ve also included a list of ideas for building comprehension through vocabulary instruction with your kids.
Please note: The picture book is not included with this unit. If you don’t have it in your collection, you can check it out from your local library.
This literature links unit is the perfect companion for my The Mitten Non-Fiction Companion Pack
Check out my other winter units:
There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell
Bear Stays Up for Christmas
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