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Students retell Jan Brett’s “The Mitten” with cutout animal puppets in this delightful reading comprehension lesson
Art, Language Arts
By – Amy Hamiter
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subject – Art
Grade Level – 1
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Language Arts Standards:
- 110.3(b)(12) Reading Comprehension: The student uses a variety of strategies to comprehend selections read aloud and selections read independently. The student is expected to:
- (A) use prior knowledge to anticipate meaning and make sense of texts
- (C) retell or act out the order of important events in stories
- The student will:
- sit quietly and follow along as the teacher reads, without disruption.
- cut and paste animals correctly, without error
- select a partner and retell the story in a level one voice.
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- Animal printouts
- Manila construction paper
- The teacher will:
- create a printout with all of the animals from The Mitten
- make copies of the animal printout for every student
- make a stencil of a big mitten
- Students will sit on the floor for the story and directions
- They will move to their desks for the activity
- They will be able to choose their own partner, but if it gets too loud, we will stop our fun activity.
- Ask students to clear off desks and have a seat on the carpet at the front of the room.
- Ask for a thumbs up if they have read The Mitten before.
- Read The Mitten by Jan Brett.
- Stop after every page and ask for a volunteer to tell the class what has happened.
- When the story is over, review the whole story.
- Ask questions.
- Show an example of what we will be making.
- Explain that they will get a piece of paper with all the animals from the story on it.
- They will then color the animals and cut them out.
- Students will glue the cutouts to manila paper and then cut that out (makes the cutouts more sturdy).
- A mitten “stencil” will be given to each table for the students to trace, then cut out.
- Explain that once everything is colored, traced, and cut out, they will now choose a partner and retell the story The Mitten using the cutout animals and mitten.
- Once done with directions, students will go back to their desks and wait for the “paper presidents” to pass everything out.
- They are free to start work when all materials are received.
- Asking questions such as, do you remember the _______ being in the mitten? Do you think he would really fit in there?
- Asking the sequence of which animal went first, next, etc.
- The students re-telling the story to each other is a great way for them to review what was just read.
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