1-2-3 Come Do Some Mitten Activities With Me
Do you read The Mitten by Jan Brett? It's one of my favorite winter stories and perfect for all sorts of sequencing activities.
With the aid of the materials provided for teachers on Jan's site, I designed 5 activity packets that cover all sorts of standards. I hope you enjoy them. They are today's featured FREEBIES and have been very popular downloads.
Help students retell the Ukrainian folktale, by making this cute mitten slider. This is a simple way to review sequencing too. Graphics copyright janbrett.com
The Language Arts Mitten packet also provides sequencing practice.
My kiddos loved making the mitten paper plate pocket to keep their things in.
This 24-page packet is chock full of activities that cover a variety of standards and includes:
- Move Over Please, So I Won't Freeze an emergent reader booklet, which reinforces lots of Common Core, especially ordinal numbers and verbs.
- A mitten paper plate pocket "craftivity" students make to keep all of their mitten-related work in.
- A set of ordinal number pocket cards
- A Mitten Matching card game, where students match the animal character to the animal's name, or the ordinal number position it had in the story, or all three: i.e. the word mole, picture of the mole, ordinal number card 1st-first
- Ordinal number character assessment strip with answer key.
- 2 graphing activities
- 2 mitten writing prompts
- Several mitten worksheets, including one that covers rhyming words + more verb-work. (Great for Daily 5 activities.) and ...
- A certificate of praise bookmark that can be used to play another game.
Another Mitten Literacy Packet, includes more ordinal number-sequencing practice that will help your kiddos retell the story, including a "beginning-middle-end" graphic organizer.
There's also a worksheet where students label the parts of a book, plus pocket chart cards for character, setting and event. I've also included 8 bookmarks to prompt retelling the story.
Another interesting way to review the story and practice end punctuation and capitalization at the same time, is with The Mitten Pocket Chart Punctuation packet.
You can do this as a whole group activity with laminated cards (give students a dry erase marker for them to make corrections) or give each child a card to fix, by rewriting it on a sheet of scratch paper, then sharing their corrections with the class.
Finally, Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and fun way to introduce students to the concept of comparison-contrast writing.
They're great practice if you've already done so, and especially perfect for visual learners.
There are 3 in the Mitten Venn Diagram packet to choose from.
Do one as a whole-group activity to explain things, (compare mittens and gloves) and then give students a choice of the other two. (Compare two characters in The Mitten, or compare the story The Mitten with Jan Brett's other story The Hat.)
To see a short (3 minute) YouTube video featuring Jan Brett click on the link. Another fun video (11 minutes) features Jan showing children how to draw a hedgehog.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you found some extension activities to do with your mitten theme. As for me, it's time to help my grandson pick up Toys R Us that seems to have deposited itself all over my office. Wishing you a day filled with contentment.
Cute quote: "If kisses were snowflakes, I'd send you a blizzard!" -Unknown