- Discuss the author's use of different kinds of sentences to interest a reader or listener and communicate a message
- Explore Internet resources and information using websites bookmarked by the teacher
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- At least one more version of "The Mitten" story, such as The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt
- Voice recording equipment or software
Note: 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.
Step 1: Read The Mitten by Jan Brett aloud to the class. 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 story, like 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. The students can record their own versions as podcasts or audio recordings.
Optional: Have students work in groups or pairs to add sound effects and music tracks to their story recording. They could also add pictures or digital drawings to the track if you have compatible software, such as the integrated iPhoto pictures. Save the podcasts to iTunes for playing back on their computer.
Supporting All Learners
Students can work in small groups to retell the story.
- Have students share their retelling of the story with another class.
- Explore Jan Brett's website for other kid-friendly activities based on the author's books.