Inside: A free printable sight word activity that goes with the book The Mitten by Jan Brett.
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If your students enjoy The Mitten by Jan Brett, I think they’ll also like this little sight word activity I made to go along with it.
In the story, the boy’s white mitten falls on the white snow. Then a series of animals find it and climb in. Finally, a little mouse squeezes in, which tickles the bear’s nose. He sneezes, and the mitten goes flying. The boy walks up just then and sees the white mitten “silhouetted against the blue sky.”
The Mitten Sight Word Activity
Rather than focus on the animals in the mitten, I wanted to create an activity that would emphasize the mitten’s camouflage against the snow versus its contrast against the sky. It’s an important detail!
Preparation & Materials
You can grab the free printable by scrolling way to the end of this post and clicking the blue rectangle with the Books and Giggles logo on it. The sight words are editable, so you can type in whatever works best for your students.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A sensory bin filled with cotton balls
- The Mitten printable
- Pairs of mitten cutouts with sight words printed on them
- Recording sheet (optional) with pencil and crayons
- Blue paper or felt
You could also turn this into a felt board or magnetic activity by adhering the mittens to felt or sticking magnets to them.
Hide the mittens in the sensory bin. You may also like to add some plastic or felt animals to represent the story. I love this felt set I found on Amazon (ad).
Students search in the sensory bin for mittens with matching words. As they find them they lay them out on the blue “sky” paper.
You may also like to build in some time for them to play, and encourage them to explore the storyline.
For added accountability and reinforcement, you can also have them fill out the recording sheet.
More Resources for The Mitten
I’m about to create a whole blog post full of resources for The Mitten. Be sure to check that out if you’re looking for more ideas.
Also, you may like these printable sequencing hats I created to help children retell the story. I have created this type of printable hat for a bunch of books, and both teachers and students love them.
Finally, I suggest you re-read the story after students get a chance to work with this activity. I bet you’ll see some lightbulbs go off as the last few kids finally “get” the significance of the mitten color.