the mitten lesson plan
Grade level: Pre-K
Topic: Language and Literacy Development, Science Development, Social Studies Development
Short lesson overview:
This is a fun lesson that focuses on winter weather as well has healthy habits. While reading The Mitten, we will follow little Nicki and his lost mitten through the forest. After reading the story, students will participate in a discussion about content. Finally, we will discuss the sneeze that ended the animals’ cozy encounter and touch on healthy habits when we need to sneeze!
LD1d Listens to stories read aloud and shows understanding through body language or by
SD1d Uses simple equipment to experiment, observe and increase understanding
SS1a Begins to understand family structures and roles
SS2a Identifies similarities and differences among people
SS2b Demonstrates an emerging awareness and respect for ethnicity and culture
SS2c Demonstrates and emerging awareness and respect for abilities
SS3e Recognizes characteristics of other geographic regions and cultures
CD1a Experiments with a variety of material and activities for sensory experience and exploration
CD1b Uses materials to create original works and for self expression
CD1d Expresses interest and shows appreciation for the creative work of others
HPD3a Participates in activities related to health and personal care routine
What happens during a sneeze?
How are mittens made?
· Listen to a story from the Ukraine and discuss the story for content.
· Discuss sneezing and how to properly take care of yourself and others around you when you have to sneeze by covering your sneeze, using tissue, and washing hands.
· Use spray bottles to increase understanding of how germs spread during a sneeze.
· View a demonstration of knitting or crocheting.
· Use a map or globe to find the location of the Ukraine as well as where they live.
Materials and Resources:
· “Join in the Game” Playing Favorites by Greg & Steve (2000)
· Globe or world map
· Spray bottles
· The Mitten by Jan Brett (Scholastic Inc., 1990)
Introduction (Activating Hook):
“Join in the Game” - This is a fun song of listening and copying patterns of sound!
1. Introduce the story, The Mitten, and share with the students that this is a story from the Ukraine.
2. Use a world map or globe to show where we live and then where the Ukraine is located.
3. Read The Mitten.
4. Discuss the story for content.
5. Point out that the bear’s sneeze at the end of the story sent all the animals out of the mitten. Discuss how to cover a sneeze using your elbow.
6. Demonstrate the germs of a sneeze using a spray bottle with clean water. Pretend to sneeze and spray the bottle in front of you.
7. Ask the children who felt the spray and remind children that if that had been a real sneeze, it would have been germs that got on them, not water.
8. Discuss using tissue and hand washing procedures.
Learn the Mother Goose rhyme, Three Little Kittens . Have three volunteers come up to help along with three sets of mittens that the students can manipulate according to the rhyme.
Three Little Kittens
Start out with the mittens on the floor.
Three little kittens have lost their mittens
And they began to cry,
“Oh, Mother, dear, see here, see here,
“Our mittens we have lost.”
“What? Lost your mittens? You naughty kittens.
“Then you shall have no pie!”
Put the mittens on.
Three little kittens found their mittens
And they began to cry,
“Oh, Mother, dear, see here, see here,
“Our mittens we have found!”
“What? Found your mittens? You darling kittens.
“Then you shall have some pie!”
Kittens pretend to eat pie!
· Germy Art: provide spray bottles with a variety of colors of watercolor paints and easel paper. Encourage students to spray the paint onto their paper and then relate their painting to what they have learned about sneezing. What else can the students tell you about their painting? Take dictation.
· Yarn art: provide yarn pieces in various colors and lengths, glue, and sturdy paper. Encourage students to create artwork using these materials.
· Snowy Animal Paintings: provide animal sponges, white paint, and blue construction paper. Encourage students to create animal prints. Sprinkle some salt or iridescent glitter over the picture while the paint is still wet for a glittery, snowy effect!
· Provide pie pans for the students to build with and/or fill with blocks.
· Winter Wonderland: place several pieces of blanket snow in the center. Hang cotton balls from the ceiling. Place winter wear in the center: hats, gloves, scarves, coats, etc. If you have access to winter sports equipment such as snowshoes/boots, skis, hockey sticks and pucks, etc, include these in the center as well. Caution: supervise carefully that students are do not injure themselves or others with the sports equipment and that they do not get too hot wearing the winter clothing indoors.
· Provide stories about personal care and the winter season:
o The Flea’s Sneeze by Lynn Downey, Illustrated by Karla Firehammer (Scholastic, 2001)
o Goldilocks Has Chicken Pox by Erin Dealey, Illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama (Aladdin, 2005)
o Llama, Llama, Mad At Mama by Anna Dewdney (Viking Juvenile, 2007)
o How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? By Jane Yolen, Illustrated by Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press, 2004)
o Bathtime for Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Illustrated by Pat Schories (HarperCollins, 1999)
o Parts by Tedd Arnold (Puffin, 2000)
o Germs Are Not For Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick, Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006)
o Germs by Judy Oetting, Illustrated by Tad Herr (Chidren’s Press, 2006)
o “Stand Back,” Said The Elephant, “I’m Going To Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas, Illustrated by Wallace Tripp (HarperCollins, 1990)
o “Winter Wonderland” by Dick Smith (Scholastic, 1996)
· Matching Mittens: provide students with several pairs of mittens and encourage them to sort and match the mittens into pairs. Ask parents to help collect as many pairs as you can to make this game more challenging!
· Hide several pairs of gloves/mittens on the playground. Encourage the students to go on a hunt for the missing gloves, just like Nicki had to do in the story!
· Sensory Table: “snow” can be purchased from school supply stores. If you can’t find it, you can create a similar product by cutting open some disposable diapers and mixing the liquid-absorbing materials with water.
Jan Brett’s Website offers great printable activities for all of her books.
Invite a classroom visitor to demonstrate the art of knitting or crocheting!
· This can be a parent, a senior community partner, or anyone who is willing to share their talents!
Watch a video about knitting mittens on YouTube
Suggested Background Music:
“Wizards in Winter” The Lost Christmas Eve by Trans-Siberian Orchestra (2004)
“Winter Wonderland” by Louis Armstrong Christmas Stars (Famous Christmas Songs Performed by Legendary Jazz Singers) (2002)
“Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” by Dean Martin Christmas with the Rat Pack (2002)
“Frosty the Snowman” Raffi’s Christmas Album by Raffi (1996)
“First Snow” Christmas Eve and Other Stories by Trans-Siberian Orchestra (1996)
“Appalachian Snowfall” The Christmas Attic by Trans-Siberian orchestra (1998)