I just love Jan Brett! Her stories are so great for close reading! They have amazing illustrations and fantastic vocabulary. Every time I read her stories, I see something new! Perfect for close reading!
"The Mitten" is one of my favorites. I have designed this unit to cover many different story elements, to do character studies, cause and effect and retelling! I have included things that can be use whole group, small group and be put literacy and math centers!
In this unit you will find the following
-2 different “Write the Room” activities (using key story vocabulary) and response sheet:
-one using clip art
-one using real photos
-5 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, problem and solution)
-5 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling-beginning middle and end, key vocabulary, cause and effect)
- story elements interactive booklet: settings, characters, story sequencing, cause and effect in a cute interactive booklet
- Response to literature writing tasks: Favorite character, favorite part of the story, 3 different making a connection writing prompts (-I lost my…, BaBa Thinks…, My New Mittens)
- 4 different pocket chart surveys (Did you like the story? Which was your favorite animal? Do you prefer mittens or gloves?) Included: student response slip for graphing, Question and other headers for pocket chart and a data recording and examination answer sheet for each of the 3 surveys.
-vocabulary for the story: full and half page sheets, pocket chart/word wall set of the words with pictures.
-counting syllables of the vocabulary words and response sheet so that it may be put in a center.
-Character Study section:
-foldables for each character
-T-charts (can have are) for each character
-2 different flip books
-a series of Venn Diagrams for comparing and contrasting characters
-circle and bubble maps for each character in color and black and white
-retelling interactive booklet (with a handy pocket to store the puppets in when not using!)
-pocket chart retelling cards
-Matching the characters activity
-pouch retelling activity
-In went the…Retelling and labeling booklet
-draw the characters worksheet
-put the animals in order worksheet
-beginning middle and end worksheet
-story retelling pull through mitten
Cause and effect anchor charts
-cause and effect worksheet
-mixed up sentence with response sheet
- mitten CVC match with response sheet
-mitten sight word wipe and write with response sheet
-beginning sound clip cards with response sheet
-number clip cards with response sheet
Common core standards covered:
RL.1.1 I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text. RL.1.2 I can identify the main topic and key details in a text.
RL.1.3 I can describe character, setting, and major events in a story.
RL.1.5 I can explain the differences between fiction and nonfiction text.
RL.1.7 I can use details in a story to describe characters, settings, and events.
RL.1.9 I can compare and contrast characters in stories.
W.1.1 I can write about my opinion and supply a reason.
W.1.5 I can respond to a writing prompt.
W.1.8 I can write about my experiences.
L.1.4 I can use context clues to figure out the meaning of a word or phrase.
1.MD.4 I can gather and interpret data and answer questions like how many?, how many more?, or less?
All of the activities are aligned to common core. They provide your students with engaging, interactive activities that promote understanding of many different reading elements. Many also promote higher level critical thinking opportunities that will make your readers think and obtain a deeper understanding of the text that they are studying! Your students will love the activities!