The Mitten – Speech and Language Activities (Winter Book Companion)

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This packet was created as a companion to the book: The Mitten, by: Jan Brett. Included in this packet are activities that target sequencing, story retell, comprehension, basic language concepts, following directions, written expression, and more. The activities in this packet were created by Mindy Stenger, M.A., CCC-SLP (The Speech Bucket).

Page 1 – Cover Page

Pages 2 – 10 target story sequencing, story retell, and identifying story elements. The larger pictures (pages 2 - 3) can be used for a classroom story board, or for individual students. Pages 4 – 6 include character cards that can be placed into the mittens as the story is being read. The smaller pictures (pages 7 - 8) are included on a worksheet. The students can cut them out, sequence the story at the top, re-tell it, and take it home. Parents love to hear and see the story that you read with their kids during school! Page 9 can be used for identification and discussion of story elements, then page 10 (story frames) can be used for summary and re-tell (beginning, middle, end).

Pages 11 – 12 target story comprehension (and identifying the types of questions being asked - what, where, who, how). The first set (page 11) asks a variety of questions without picture supports for responses. So students must think of the responses on their own (or look back in the book). The second set (page 12) was made with picture supports. Each question has a choice of three responses (1 correct; 2 foil).

Pages 13 – 16 target picture identification and matching. Name (or receptively find) the characters on the first page (page 13) then cut out the pictures on the second page (page 14) and glue to the match on the previous page. On page 15, the characters are listed by their printed name. Students find the matching picture (page 16), cut out, and glue it to the correct name on the first page (page 15).

Pages 17 – 20 target prepositions. These pages are differentiated, so you can target the same skill at different ability levels. Each page asks, “Where is Mouse?” - on page 17, there are two pictures (a mitten and a mouse), cut out each picture and give your students auditory directions to follow (e.g., move Mouse around the mitten, put Mouse under the mitten, etc..); on page 18, the student is given a choice of two picture responses (1 correct; 1 foil); on page 19 the student is given the choice of 3 prepositions to circle to complete a sentence; on page 20 the student is asked to fill in the correct preposition (by writing their response on the blank).

Pages 21 – 22 are game boards. The first one targets following directions (If you land on__, do ___)). The second one is blank…use it for your own language and/or articulation targets!

Page 23 – Mitten Roll and Cover (or roll and color). Use this activity for either language goals or articulation goals. Have your students roll the dice, and say their sound/word/sentence as they color each mitten. With a small group – see who can cover all of their mittens first!

Page 24 targets descriptive language. Have your student describe what kind of mitten they would have wanted BaBa to knit for them. Then, have them decorate the mitten.

Pages 25 – 27 target story vocabulary. Page 25 asks the student to match the word to its definition, page 26 asks the student to create a complete sentence for each vocabulary word listed, and page 27 asks the student to use the vocabulary words in a short story.

Pages 28 – 29 target oral and written language expression. On page 28 the student is given the following writing prompt: Before I can go outside to play in the snow I…; and on page 29 they are given the following writing prompt: My favorite thing to wear in the winter is…

Page 30 – Credits

Page 31 - TOU

The Mitten is one of my favorite books to pull out during winter! For more seasonal therapy ideas visit my blog at The Speech Bucket


** Mindy Stenger, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the publishers, authors, or book referenced above. A copy of the book, referenced above, must be purchased (or borrowed) to complete the activities in this packet**
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