Free Activities for The Mitten
The Mitten by Jan Brett was one of my son’s favorite winter books when he was growing up, so naturally, it became one of the books that we read over and over again!
When set out to make a set of free activities for the book, we know we wanted to include The Mitten in the printable pack.
The Mitten Lesson Plan Activities
Perhaps you have heard about our Engaging Readers Reading Comprehension units, but you have not tried the activities yet. Or perhaps you have, but you would simply love to add this book to your collection! [My hand is raised high). Well, you are in luck!
Because Deanna Jump and I created a week-long free unit for the book, The Mitten! [insert tears of joy]
The Mitten by Jan Brett Video
Here is a video version of the book that is read by Jan Brett! So, so GOOD!
The Mitten Read Aloud Book Activities
Just like each of our book units, we included questions to guide you through the text. The idea is to use these questions to help guide the conversation vs. conducting a quiz show! These are reading comprehension questions that spark a conversation that students have with their partners. In this way, every student is involved as they dive deeper into each story.
Simply put… we have done all of the planning for you. All you need to do is PRINT AND TEACH!
The Mitten Retelling Activity
After the students have practiced orally retelling the story with their partner (over and over), then they complete their own retelling strip! This practice of retelling the story transformed my students’ ability to retell a story without the need for support when it came time to test my students reading levels using the DRA.
The Mitten Inferring Activity
We take 5 days to include various reading comprehension strategies. One of those strategies is inferring.
In the book, The Mitten, we ask students to infer about the thinking of Baba.
The Mitten – Making Connections Activity
This printable response page is used for making connections. We include a variety of response formats for those who wish to use a journal.
We love the depth of conversations that take place during our close reading. The response pages help see the students’ thinking.
In kindergarten, the images students draw help to convey meaning.
The Mitten Craft
You will recognize this activity from the retelling. But adding a cute craft to the retelling strip is like the sprinkles on top!
The Mitten STEM Activity
We asked the students to work collaboratively to build a new home for the animals that left the mitten. First, they planned.
Then they worked together to build the new den.
It is hard not to intervene and help the students when they start to falter, but those moments are when learning takes place. HINT: let the marshmallows get a little stale before you use them in the classroom.
The Mitten Sentence Study Activity
Here is a quick glimpse of the sentence and grammar study we included in the printables.
The Mitten Comprehension Assessment
We also ask students (from time to time) to answer a few questions. This offers teachable moments and informs us of what we need to teach next.
If you like this unit, you may be interested in a few of our book companion units.
- Little Red Hen Unit of Study
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears Unit of Study:
- Polar Express Unit of Study: Guiding Readers
- Creepy Pair of Underwear Reading Comprehension Unit
We also have monthly units that include some of your favorite books.
FREE Reading Comprehension Unit for The Mitten
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