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This listing is everything you need for a series of reading lessons surrounding The Mitten.
- 17 visuals to help students while reading and retelling the story (includes Nicki and his Baba, a mitten, the mitten being lost in the snow, all the animals who crawl into the mitten, bear's nose, an "aaaachooo!", the animals flying out of the mitten, Nicki finding his mitten, and the two mittens at the end of the story very differently sized)
- A "pocket" mitten activity - mitten for each student and 8 animals to put into their mitten pocket as you read the story (my students quite enjoyed going "aaachoo!" at the end and shaking their animals out)
- A 16 page (including cover and "the end") sequencing book - students will match picture to page and fill in the blank for each page with a picture to match. The sequencing book asks students to order the animals who crawl into the mitten, and provides images to support students when they are retelling their book on the other pages. The book has a predictable pattern for the animals ("___ crawls into the mitten...") to help struggling readers feel successful.
*All images are provided in color and in black and white
With my class, we used this set for a whole week.
Monday: introduce book and read with visuals support - I pass out visual cards to my students so they each have a similar amount, we talk about what is on each card, and as we read the story we listen to hear when the cards are used. My students pass the cards to the center of the table and we place them in order.
Tuesday: re-read book with visuals in same manner as Monday, allowing for students to "help" with the retelling of the story, then read the book again with the pocket mitten activity
Wednesday: Re-read book again with pocket mitten activity (second time)
Thursday & Friday: Read book and work on building individual sequencing books with small group
I taught this lesson with my small group of Kindergartners who are non-readers; if you have students who are stronger readers, you can probably accomplish this in about 2 days. My kids benefit from the multiple readings of the book so that they come to predict what will happen next and become confident with their retell of the story.