The Mitten Lesson Plan
Jan Brett's The Mitten can be used to teach sequencing, predicting, and how to retell a story.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
I use The Mitten to teach sequencing and predicting. I also like to use The Mitten to teach the children how to retell a story. My students like retelling the story with different voices. They also love looking at the details of the illustrations.
- Discuss the author's use of different kinds of sentences to interest a reader/listener and communicate a message
- Explore Internet resources and information using teacher-created bookmarks/favorites
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
Step 1: Take time to look at the details in the illustrations. Help the students notice that the side pictures are a story within a story and will help them predict what is going to happen next.
Step 2: Read another version of The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt. Discuss how stories may be different depending on who tells the story.
Step 3: Have students make up their own version of The Mitten and practice retelling it to another student. Using GarageBand software on a computer, the students can record their own versions of The Mitten by retelling the story as a podcast. They can add sound effect tracks and music tracks. They could also add pictures or KidPix drawings to the podcast track by using the integrated iPhoto pictures. These podcasts can be saved to iTunes for playing back on their computer.
Supporting All Learners
The students can work in small groups to retell the story.
The students could share their retelling of the story with another class.
The students could explore Jan Brett's website for many activities.