When I began thinking out this theme, I immediately thought of a few mitten books I have used. My favorites have been the two versions of The Mitten of course. The most popular version is The Mitten by Jan Brett, but there is also the title by Alvin Tresselt.
Besides The Mitten, I also love The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg. In fact, it is the inspiration of the partner script that I’ve developed for paired and guided reading. The Missing Mitten Mystery is a great choice for late second to fourth grades. It’s about children playing outdoors in the snow and losing a mitten. Imagine that! In my house, mittens have a life of their own. I think at night they secretly grow wings and fly up the chimney, and have you noticed that you never find the match?? Truly, I do not know where they go.
All of these books work well as mentor texts for writing. I love Jan Brett’s description, and the details help the reader truly visualize the scenes. Children can imitate her writing with their own stories about mittens, winter play, or a beautiful walk in the woods.
Other books that work well into the theme are The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen and One Mitten by Kristine George.
Other Reading Options
Besides books, you and your students may enjoy the partner play I mentioned earlier. It is set up to address fluency, but also works well as a Close Reading activity. The question task cards can be copied for each pair of students to respond to or used as a guide for post reading discussion. This script includes prereading activities, a graphic organizer for during reading, and a post reading writing prompt where students can write their own Lost Mitten Mystery, a story summary, or another winter prompt of the teacher’s choice.
Another option from my store during Mitten Week is my unit for The Mitten. It includes materials for various comprehension skills (summarizing, story elements, sequencing, and making comparisons), vocabulary building, writing prompts and a class project. I’ve been very fortunate to meet and get to know Leslie Goldhardt who enjoys making clip art. She created a custom clip art set for me to use with this book. I absolutely love her hedgehog and badger. They look so cute! Check out the preview to the right. Notice that this unit is now available in both PDF and on Google Slides (in color). Your students can use them on their one-to-one devices for paperless work.
Arts, Crafts and Other Mitten Fun
With a mitten week, you can easily include cross curricular activities. Be sure to check out the Pinterest board above for all kinds of ideas and lots of mitten fun!