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Winter Word Work with A Mitten Theme

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Are you working on silent, or “magic” e word work with your kiddos? If so, I think they’ll really enjoy this Magic e Mitten packet.

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, ug word family, ug word activitiesSimply run the mitten pattern off on a variety of colors of construction paper.
I wanted mine to have a red mitten with a green cuff + a green mitten with a red cuff, so I ran off two of each page (one on red and one on green).

Laminate, trim and then cut the cuffs off so that you create puzzles for an independent center, or use for a “Magic e” Mitten Matching GameYou could also use these for an “I Have; Who Has?” game too.

The packet also includes a Magic e Word Work journal. Students trace the word, add a “magic e” to the end (using a different color) and then write the new word that’s made.

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, ug word family, ug word activitiesEncourage students to look up words that they don't know and define them on the “new-word-to-me” definition worksheet, which can also go in their journal.

* There are also Mitten Math worksheets, where the word + an e ='s a new word,
* A magic e rules poster,
* Long & short vowel sorting mat, with matching worksheet,
* An alphabetical list of 86 magic e words, plus
* A pattern to make a magic e, mitten wand.

These make easy-peasy activities for your Daily 5 word work too. 

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, ug word family, ug word activitiesAnother winter word work activity is the UG family of words.

There's nothing like a nice mug of hot chocolate when the wind is whipping up a winter chill, and since I like to have some sort of theme, when we work on a word family,  I thought it would be a fun to use a mug of cocoa.

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, ug word family, ug word activitiesThis not only grabs my students’ attention, but makes the activities a bit more fun, and my kiddos seem to catch on more quickly, retaining the information better because of the graphic.

Since most mugs are also a 3D cylinder shape, I’ve incorporated this into the lesson, so that you can add a bit of math with literacy.
mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, ug word family, ug word activitiesThe packet includes:

* 2 Craftivities
* 5 worksheets
* A set of 6, pocket-chart sentence cards
* 3 Posters, plus
* 9, three-piece UG puzzles

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, ug word family, ug word activitiesUse the activities as a whole group activity, independent center, games, or something for early finishers, homework or your sub folder

When my kiddos have completed their lessons, they've earned a special treat for snack time, a cup of hot chocolate.  Mmmmm mmmmm good, especially after a chilly recess. 

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, ug word family, ug word activitiesFinally, I know a lot of teachers read The Mitten  by Jan Brett, so I designed a cute winter word work packet "Our Mittens" that reinforces verbs based on that story.

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, ug word family, ug word activitiesThe packet includes two class-made books. Making a class book, is a quick and easy way to practice a variety of standards; contributing a page for a class book, is super-fun for your kiddos, and will grab their attention from the get go.

In the first book, Our Mitten, the teacher loses a mitten. As children find it, they tuck something inside. 

Here, I wanted my kiddos to take size into consideration, and think of something that could realistically fit inside a mitten.

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, ug word family, ug word activitiesOn their page, students state their name and tell what they put inside their teacher’s mitten and why, adding an illustration.

The Animals In Our Mitten, is the next book. The cover and pages, are in the shape of a large mitten.  Children fill in the blank with an adjective, animal and action verb. i.e. “A slow, green turtle shuffled into our class mitten.”

I feel that even PK kiddos can come up with a descriptive word and action for their animal, and believe it’s not too early to have children practice writing a vivid and complete sentence, however, there’s also a simpler page, where they just name an animal and draw a picture.

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, Jan Bretts The Mitten, ug word family, ug word activitiesI’ve tied the packet into Brett’s folktale,The Mitten, by including an alphabetical list of 39 of the action verbs in her story, along with a worksheet.

There’s also a verb-definition poster, plus 39 action verb cards, and 11 character cards, which you can use for several games and activities.      

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, valentine gifts, inexpensive valentine gifts, non candy valentines, melted crayon activities, melted crayon crafts, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, Jan Bretts The Mitten, ug word family, ug word activitiesI've also made a similar, classroom management packet that's a quick, interesting and fun way to build students' vocabularies, practice verbs, and reinforce synonyms, while improving dictionary & alphabetizing skills as well.

My students absolutely LOVE playing these games, and I’ve noticed nice improvement in their writing, as well as their verbal vocabulary.
 
The other portion of the packet, Ready! Set! Action! I use as a simple, yet highly effective classroom management tool, that reinforces verbs, while helping students “get the wiggles out” or transition to another activity.

Children enjoy the action of the activity, while you reinforce the grammar concept, at the same time easily & successfully managing classroom behavior.

The classroom management portion, includes several posters, student name cards, 45 action verb cards, plus a blank set to program with whatever.  

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so there are two featured FREEBIES today because they both involve melted crayons.  

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, valentine gifts, inexpensive valentine gifts, non candy valentines, melted crayon activities, melted crayon crafts, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, Jan Bretts The Mitten, ug word family, ug word activitiesThe first one is a melted crayon valentine

Completed projects are quite lovely and make a nice window display. 

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, valentine gifts, inexpensive valentine gifts, non candy valentines, melted crayon activities, melted crayon crafts, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, Jan Bretts The Mitten, ug word family, ug word activitiesThe other one is using broken crayons to make an inexpensive, valentine gift for your students. 

Here's the link for the valentine crayons  FREEBIE.  

mitten activities, magic e activities, silent e activities, mitten games, mitten centers, winter word work, hot chocolate activities, Jan Bretts The Mitten, ug word family, ug word activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Wishing you a warm and snuggly kind of day.

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." -Victor Hugo

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