The Mitten Resource Set

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Summary

The Mitten by Jan Brett

In this well-loved folktale, Nicki convinces a reluctant Baba to make him a pair of mittens as white as the snow. The first time he wears them, Baba’s fear comes true when, unknowingly, a mitten drops and is lost in the snow. Much to the delight of the woodland creatures, they find the mitten, and, one by one climb inside to keep warm. This delightful story takes a turn when a tiny mouse enters the mitten to escape the cold. The Mitten is an excellent text for students to practice understanding text structure, visualizing, making predictions, making inferences, and retelling and summarizing.

Teach with The Mitten by Jan Brett

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Past-Tense Verbs ending in -ed
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core Alignment
  • Making Inferences: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Predictions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Visualizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    The Mitten Resource Set

    Making Inferences with The Mitten

    Show your students how to be "reading detectives" with this making inferences mini lesson to pair with The Mitten by Jan Brett. Students will use the clues in both the text and illustrations and their prior knowledge to make inferences about the feelings of the characters in the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Predictions with The Mitten

    Using The Mitten by Jan Brett, students will be able to combine what they already know with what they think might happen next to make logical predictions. The text's illustrations, sequential events, and basic repetition all support students as they practice making predictions.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Mitten

    Jan Brett's use of time order words, sequential order, and repetition makes The Mitten a perfect anchor text for a mini lesson focused on retelling and summarizing. When students stop and think about the order of events while reading, it helps them to better understand the text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Understanding Text Structure with The Mitten

    Focus on the text structures of description, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and sequencing to help readers understand the characters and events in the story. Pair this resource set with Jan Brett's, The Mitten, to offer students the opportunity to practice comprehension through understanding basic text structure.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Visualizing with The Mitten

    Teach your students to use the descriptive language that author Jan Brett incorporated in The Mitten to help them visualize what is happening in the text. The detailed illustrations provide a supportive resource for students to use to check their thinking.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    The Mitten Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    The Mitten Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Mitten. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    The Mitten Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of The Mitten.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, Reader's Notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with The Mitten by Jan Brett. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Mitten Word Work - Past-tense Verbs ending in -ed

    The Mitten is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, but it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about past-tense verbs ending in -ed. Either download The Mitten Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    The Mitten Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Mitten, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download The Mitten Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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