All this snowy weather really puts me in the mood to enjoy some Jan Brett books with my class. She is one of my favorite authors and illustrators.
On our short week returning from Christmas break and the next short week (due to snow days), we read The Mitten and The Hat. We used these two books as jumping off points for some Mitten and Hat inspired literacy activities.
We, of course, had to compare and contrast these two stories. We worked as a class to brainstorm a list of ways these stories are alike and how they are different. Students completed their own Venn diagrams using our class list.
After finishing the Venn diagram, students picked their favorite of the two stories. They wrote about it and explained their choice. Then, they illustrated their favorite part of their story.
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Our class just happen to be finishing up our study of long vowel sounds, spelled vowel-consonant-silent e. I made a Real Word/Silly Word sort with a hedgehog theme to reinforce our work with this pattern. I printed enough sets of this literacy center for the whole class to work on at the same time in partner sets.
It was a quick little assessment that let me know how well my young learners are reading with this pattern.
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The Hat influenced our practice with adjectives. My firsties still have a ways to go when it comes to identifying and working with adjectives. Any practice that we can get with adjectives is needed.
With this simple activity, students had to match the correct adjective with the correct hat. Just like in the Real Word/Silly Word sort (pictured above), I printed enough sets of this literacy center for the whole class to work on at the same time in partner sets. However, this activity would be great in small group or in whole group with a pocket chart or by adding magnets to the backs of the cards.
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As an extension of our work with adjectives, we made our Winter Kids for display in the classroom. Students designed their own hats and then wrote about them. Writing about their original hat deigns gave students the perfect opportunity to use adjectives.
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There are so many ideas for using The Hat and The Mitten with students. You may already have your own stockpile of activities and resources that you love. If not, I hope some of these activities will be a help to you. Also, if you visit Pinterest, there are loads and loads of Hat and Mitten activities to choose from.
Thanks for visiting and have a great week.