The Mitten

The Mitten

Join Jan Brett as she shares this funny Ukranian tail of a little boy named Nicki who has lost his mitten.  In the story The Mitten,  One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.

Like all of Jan Brett’s books the outer pictures around the story tell their own tale with beautiful illustrations. You won’t want to miss sharing this story with your children this wintry season.

If you don’t already have the book, be sure to watch the read aloud of it here:

Grab the book for your collection here:

This Grab and Go lesson is part of the 12 Days of Homeschooling Series. If you want to see the other great grab and go lessons then be sure to check them out here: 

12 Days of Holiday Lessons

The Mitten

Start this Unit off with working through the story map. Review the characters of the story, the setting and the problem and solution. Don’t forget to check out the pictures around the pages!

The Mitten story map

I always love working on comprehension with my children by using story sequence pictures. This is a fun one because they will retell the story by moving the pictures through the mitten. Start with Grandmother Baba and have your student share each animal character through the story until the end.

The Mitten story sequence

The Mitten story strips

Each animal character had their own way of moving through the story. Introduce the noun/verbs by practicing matching the animal with how it moved through the story.

The mitten animal phrases

Encourage your student to practice spelling and identifying the words from the story by finding them in this word search.

The Mitten word search

Finish up the fun with playing a math game where they will practice their adding and subtracting skills. Grab one die and the game board. Roll the die to determine how far you get to move. Use that same number on the die to add or subtract with the number they landed on on the board. The first person to reach Nicki’s home is the winner.

The Mitten Game board

Grab your printables here:

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Grab and Go Lessons!


Day 1: If you take a Mouse to the Movies

Day 2: Guess Who is Coming to Santa’s for Dinner

Day 3: Gingerbread Baby

Day 4: The Biggest Best Snowman

Day 5: The Polar Express

Day 6: A Christmas Carol

Day 7: Too Many Tamales

Day 8: The Wild Christmas Reindeer

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