1-2-3 Come Do Some Mitten Activities With Me!
Since the other mitten packets to go with Jan Brett's story The Mitten, were such popular downloads, I decided to make a few more language arts craftivities to match that Ukrainian folktale.
The Mitten literacy packet contains: an ordinal number worksheet that will help your students with sequencing the characters, a label the cover activity, a beginning-middle-end graphic organizer, 2 sets of pocket cards that review characters, stories and events + 8 bookmarks to prompt retelling of the tale. Click on the link to view/download The Mitten Literacy Packet.
Another way to sequence the story is with The Mitten Story Telling Slider "craftivity." Run off the mitten on white construction paper and cut slits for the "window" with an Exacto knife.
Children cut out their mitten, add some color to their "slider" and insert it into the mitten.
Students retell the story by pulling the pictures on the slider so they show in the window. Click on the link to view/download The Mitten Story Telling Slider.
Finally, I made some pocket review cards. Students change the letters that need to be capitalized and add end punctuation.
The question cards provide a nice review of the story as well. Click on the link to view/download The Mitten Punctuation-Capitalization Pocket Card Review packet.
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1-2-3 Come Read The Mitten and Do Mitten Craftivities With Me!
I LOVE the story The Mitten by Jan Brett. It was also a favorite of my Y5's. Her illustrations are nothing short of spectacular.
To see her at work in her studio, click on this YouTube video link. It's only 3 minutes long and very interesting. Jan Brett video
A huge thank you to Jan for all of the great ideas on her site: janbrett.com If you haven't browsed through her site, it's a must see.
She has all sorts of information about her books, along with lots of activities and graphics to go with them.
Since The Mitten is such a popular story with teachers, I decided to design some things to go along with it.
The Mitten Activity packet is chock full of all sorts of fun "stuff" and includes:
Students underline the verbs, circle the capital letters, add end punctuation, trace and write the animal character's name, his ordinal position and an action word (verb) associated with him, then cut & glue the matching animal picture in the box.
Also included is a mitten paper plate pocket "craftivity" students make, to keep all of their mitten-related work in.
and 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 bear, picture of the bear, ordinal number-card 7th-seventh
There's an Ordinal number character assessment strip with answer key.
Click on the link to view/download the Activities To Go With Jan Brett's The Mitten packet.
I also designed 3 mitten Venn diagrams, perfect for helping your students practice the concept of comparison and contrast.
Children can compare a mitten to a glove, or The Mitten story to Jan Brett's companion story The Hat; an equally adorable tale, featuring even more animal characters.
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1-2-3 Come Do Some Mitten Craftivities With Me!
I did a month-long mitten theme in January with my Y5's. They enjoyed all sorts of mitten matching games and activities, so I wanted to share the newest FREEBIES as well as some old favorites today.
If you teach the "magic e" spelling rule, I think you'll enjoy the Magic e Mitten packet. It took lots of hours to complete, but I think it was time well spent. Run the mitten patterns 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 a Magic e Mitten Matching Game.
The 29-page packet includes a My Magic e Words (dictionary). Students trace the word, add a magic e to the end (use a different color) and then write the new word that is made.
Encourage students to look up words that they don't know and define them on their new-word definition page.
There are also Mitten Math worksheets, where the word + an e ='s a new word, as well as an alphabetical list of 86 magic e words, + a pattern to make a magic e snowflake-mitten wand.
I added glitter to mine and glued it to a Popsicle stick. Give students a word from the list, have them come up and write it on the board.
Everyone waves their magic e wand, and the child adds an e to the end, creating a new word "magically!" Click on the link to view/download the Magic e Mitten packet.
Do you do nursery rhymes? If so, Three Little Kittens is perfect for your mitten-themed day.
Students cut and glue the matching numbered kittens as well as the appropriate pair of mittens to the correct page.
Children read, trace, and write the simple sentences, reviewing number words.
This packet reviews pairs, as well as skip counting by 3's. I've also included 4 worksheets, a maze + a certificate of praise. Click on the link to view/download The Three Little Mittens.
Finally, the collection of 10-frame Count With Me Booklets would not be complete without one featuring mittens.
Practice a variety of skills and standards with this cute 10 frame booklet. Students read, trace and write the number and number word. Children see the numbered-mitten word in the sentence and say it. They spy the number in a sequence and circle it.
Kiddo's X-out that many boxes in the ten-frame or use a bingo dot marker, stickers or stamp. Finally, students cut and glue the set/group to the matching numbered box. Includes a variety of worksheets as well. These counting booklets are great for your Daily 5 activities.
Click on the link to view/download the 1-2-3 Count Mittens With Me packet.
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"If winter comes, can spring be far behind?" Percy Bysshe Shelley
1-2-3 Come Do Some Wintery Craftivities With Me
If you need a quick bulletin board for January, I think you'll like this simple but vibrant mitten craftivity. Run off the template on a variety of colors of construction paper.
Children choose one and press their painted white hand in the center. Gluing pulled-cotton to the cuff, adds that finishing touch. For even more pizzazz, write students' names with glitter.
If you want, give students a writing prompt, and have them complete it on the back of their mitten, then suspend from the ceiling. Click On The Link to get the mitten pattern.
This is a fun activity to do with your kiddo's after reading The Mitten by Jan Brett.
If your little ones are still working on identifying letters, another simple bulletin board "craftivity" is to have children choose either a mitten or snowman pattern, trace it on a wordy section of the newspaper and then trim.
Children complete a matching recording sheet, filling in their guess of how many letters they think they will find. Afterwards, they find and circle, either the letter Mm for mitten, or Ss for snowman, counting as they go.
When they are done, they complete the data as to whether their guess was equal, greater than or less than their correct answer. If you want, have them figure out how many more or less they were off.
Children who chose the snowman, add facial features; those who chose the mitten can color it their favorite color.
Gather students together to discuss their results. Do they have any ideas of why more S's than Mm's were found?
Click on the link to get the newsprint mitten/snowman patterns.
If you are starting to work on coins with your students, you'll want to take a look at Mitten Money.
This easy reader reinforces word wall and Dolch words, as well as all of the 2-D shapes, + the penny, nickel, dime and quarter coins. Click on the link to view/download the Mitten Money easy reader.
For more math activities check out the place value snowman. Students can choose to draw their own face on the snowman, or color mine.
To turn these into a dry-erase "board" cut squares of glossy photo paper. Each student needs 4 to glue on top of the squares on their paper.
Print; laminate and trim the snowman number cards (0-9) Toss them into a mitten; call on 3 students to choose a card.
These will make the 3-digit number that students write in the number box, using a dry erase marker.
Children figure out the place value position of each, and write the appropriate numbers in the one's, ten's, and hundred's boxes.
When they are done, they show their work; you can whole-group assess with a glance. Play continues 'til all of your students have had a turn to choose a number. Click on the link to view/download the Place Value Snowman Packet.
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How Much Are Those Mittens In The Window?
Do you do activities with mittens? Are you studying money with your little ones?
I just combined the 2 themes to make the easy reader booklet: Mitten Money.
It reviews the penny, nickel, dime and quarter coins as well as all of the 2-D shapes including the newer pentagon, hexagon and octagon, that many now have as new standards.
Students read the simple repetitive sentences, that include Word Wall and Dolch words. They trace and write the shape words, and amount of money, and then trace the shape and draw it on the mittens.
Students also find the appropriate coins for the amount listed and then cut and glue the matching numbered picture to the square. I’ve printed 2 pages on one, for easy printing.
Click on the link to view/download the Mitten Money Easy Reader.
If you enjoyed this booklet and would like one to use in February, click on Money For My Valentines.
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1-2-3 Count Winter “Stuff” With Me!
Are you looking for some quick and easy readers that also incorporate math skills and have a winter theme?
Click on the links to view/download the ones you want.
The booklets help students practice a variety of skills and standards, and are a fun way for children to learn or review, write, recognize and read numbers and number words.
It only takes one time for students to need assistance and then they can work independently on their books.
Teachers can do one a week or month, depending on your themes or needs of your students.
They are great for Daily 5, something to do when students have finished their work, something to send home to do with parents, great for a sub folder or to send home with struggling students.
All of the packets include:
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1-2-3 Come Color Mittens With Me!
Is the weather outside frightful? Do your students wear mittens? Do you have a mitten theme going on? Then you’re sure to enjoy, this easy reader booklet entitled, My Many Colored Mittens.
Students read, trace and write the color words and then color the mitten the appropriate color.
The 21-page packet also includes:
Click on the link to view/download the easy reader booklet: My Many Colored Mittens
Another favorite mitten-themed easy reader of mine, is The Mystery Of The Lost Mitten.
Students enjoy solving the mitten mystery, while they work on colors, spatial directions, cutting, and gluing fine motor skills as well as listening and following directions.
Make the booklet a special keepsake by have students glue their photo on the last page.
Click on the link to view/download The Mystery Of The Lost Mitten.
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