Free Activities and Printables for The Mitten

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

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!

 

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

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 reading The Mitten, students then work together as they put the colored retelling cards in sequential order.  
Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

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.

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

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.

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

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.

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

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!

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

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.

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

Then they worked together to build the new den.

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

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.

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!
Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

The Mitten Sentence Study Activity

Here is a quick glimpse of the sentence and grammar study we included in the printables.

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

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.

Free Activities for The Mitten. This includes reading comprehension printables for making predictions, retelling, making connections, and opinion writing focus lessons are included in this free unit. A craft adn STEM activity too!

If you would like to read more about how these interactive read aloud units work, you may want to check out: INTERACTIVE READ ALOUD

If you like this unit, you may be interested in a few of our book companion units.

We also have monthly units that include some of your favorite books. 

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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  1. Thank you for “The Mitten” freebie. I am going to use it this month. My district has a new reading series that we are suppose to be using with “fidelity,” and it is snuffing out the great literature we have at our fingertips. I cannot go back after Christmas and use the curriculum literature (UGH!). I am rebelling in 2018!! Happy New Year!!

  2. Thank you so much! I use all of your monthly guided readers/reading comprehension. My students and I love them!

  3. …Amy, this has been the story of my life also. I so…. miss the wonderful pieces of literature with extensions for crafts, lapbooks, and other projects. I know exactly how you feel! 2018 is my year to teach what is needed and those things that hold my student’s interests. Godspeed… and thanks Mrs. Willis and Deanna Jump for giving me back my “mo-jo” !

  4. When I go to type in name and email to get this unit sent to me, it says working, and has for about 45 minutes.

        1. Hi Deb, Your email may be blocked if it is a school email. It has been downloaded by about 1,500 people so far, so I think it must be something on your end. You can try another email or if you want you can email me. I am traveling right now and I would be able to send it to you, but it won’t be until Friday.

          [email protected]

    1. Just add your email to the box at the bottom of the blog post. If you are not seeing a box, it might be blocked by your school’s firewall, so you may need to do this at home or try another email address. You can email me if you run into a dead-end. [email protected]

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