Who loves Jan Brett? Me! I bet you can tell too! This unit bundle is my little Thanksgiving baby. I worked through the whole Thanksgiving break to update it in time for the holidays, and the majority of the books are perfect for the winter months. I thought I'd take time to blog about the unit and share what all is included in the bundle. The bundle includes individual units for The Hat, The Mitten, Armadillo Rodeo, Annie and the Wild Animals, Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Three Snowbears, Town Mouse Country Mouse, Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Friends, and Berlioz the Bear. For individual unit details and previews, just click each unit title. I am not hyperlinking the images since you may want to enlarge the picture to look more closely at the pages.
What a cute book! I love that the main character is Hedgie the Hedgehog, and children love it because of all the animals. The unit includes pages for vocabulary, sequencing, story elements, making comparisons, and cause and effect that include written responses. I think this is important for students as it means they will be working on writing along with comprehension strategies. In addition to comprehension strategies, I also include book project work for classes to write a group book and book reports.
I think of all of Jan Brett's books, this is my favorite. It is just so sweet. I love the minds of children, and Annie's corncake dilemma is hilarious. She must have one large kitchen! The unit includes before/during/after activities for vocabulary, making comparisons (2 pages), question task cards for group discussion or paired responses, a class book project, and a book project.
This is a lesser known book, but it is adorable too. I believe it is one of Jan Brett's oldest titles as well. The bears in the story are musical bears, and they are on their way to a concert. Unfortunately, they get stuck and can not get their wagon out of the rut. The unit includes work for sequencing, story elements, questioning, vocabulary, and several writing projects too. I just love the bears from Scrappin Doodles for this unit too.
Kids love fractured fairy tales, and this book is a winter version of the Goldilocks story. Clever huh? It includes ties to polar bear research, Beginning/Middle/End response, making inferences, story elements, synonyms/antonyms, questioning, and a WANTED project.
Another favorite,Trouble with Trolls, takes us to Norway. Treva and her dog, Tuffi, are having issues with a group of pesky trolls that are sneaking their things. This unit got a complete overhaul over Thanksgiving and includes quite a few more pages and activities. Like my other units, the lesson materials are structured in a before/during/after approach. It includes cause/effect, character development, visualizing, story elements, whole class book discussion (Give One, Get One), and several writing options.
This version of The Gingerbread Man has become a favorite holiday tale. Children just love it. The unit includes materials for vocabulary, story elements, summarizing, making comparisons, question task cards, a class book writing project, and a glyph craftivity. Fun, Fun and oh so cute!
This is the 25th anniversary of The Mitten. Can you believe it? It has become a must read for every child in elementary school, and the number one skill taught with it? Sequencing of course! My unit includes more of course. This one includes story elements, summarizing, question task cards, making comparisons, vocabulary cards and practice, written responses, and a class book of mitten mysteries.
This is another old tale retold, and the big skill for this unit is making comparisons. The unit gives kids the chance to think about life in the country versus life in the city and encourages them to think about the pros and cons of each. The unit includes lots of writing, and I have used this book with fourth graders, so it does have depth. The reading level of the book is at a solid third, and some of the activities do require higher level thinking strategies. I think there is something for all levels though and enough to pick/choose what best fits your group. Skills include vocabulary, B/M/E, a venn diagram, double bubble web, question task cards, a summarizing project, plot mountain anchor chart, and a writing prompt.
I think everyone's got a little cowboy/cowgirl in them, and we all can relate to Harmony Jean kickin' things up a notch with her new red boots. This book is just awesome, and it's a great one any time of year. That's why I love this bundle. You could teach Jan Brett all year long if you wanted to. This book is a great one for the middle grades. Like Town Mouse, Country Mouse, this one hits a range of grades with the higher level thinking skills.
We may be a little late for this year, but this best seller includes lots of options for a great book. The deer are not cooperating, and it's up to Teeka to fix things. Poor thing...how will she get the job done? Do you ever feel like her? I know I do, especially during the holidays. This unit is thorough including everything you need to teach the book well and make life easy on yourself. It has graphic organizers, task cards, writing projects, and more. All you need is the book or the read aloud link on youtube.
There you have it! Eleven units in one big bundle. The unit is a $43.00 value and sells for $16.00...just a little more than a dollar per unit! Your time is worth more than that! If you love Jan Brett, check it out by clicking the image below.
Have a wonderful winter break friends, and enjoy special time with family and friends.