One of my favorite children’s authors/illustrators is Jan Brett. I haven’t found a book of hers that my kids and I haven’t fallen in love with. The artwork is impeccable! If you look at the pictures on the outside edges of each page, you will get a little sneak peek at what is coming up in the story.
Her stories work great for unit studies, too. Here is a fantastic 39-page printable based on Jan Brett’s The Mitten.
Inside this fun freebie, you’ll find the following activities:
- Sorting animals
- Beginning sounds
- Handwriting practice – cursive and print
- Spelling mats
- Rhyming words
After reading the story and working through the printable pack above, choose one or more of the following activities to enrich your unit study.
- Watch this retelling of The Mitten.
- Make a paper plate hedgehog.
- Are mittens warm? – a science experiment
- Create a fun sensory bin.
- Print out these awesome animal masks to retell the story.
- Make these stained glass mittens.
- Here’s a fun crayon-resist mitten garland for your little ones to make.
- Turn old gloves and mittens into stuffies.
- Make handprint salt dough mittens.
- Make some mitten-shaped bird seed feeders for your trees outside.
Other topics of discussion could include:
- winter animals
- winter clothing
- where wool comes from
- burrowing animals
- ways to stay warm in winter