Mittens Unit


Poems & Songs

The Mitten in the Snow
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

The mitten in the snow
The mitten in the snow
Help us please
so we won't freeze
The mitten in the snow
A ________ squeezes in
A ________ squeezes in
Help us please
so we won't freeze
The mitten in the snow.

Sing this song as a recall of The Mitten.  Use a large white sheet as the mitten.  When children remember the next animal sing the song and the child goes in the mitten.

The Mitten Song
Tune:  Twinkle, Twinkle

Thumbs in the thumb-place,
Fingers all together!
This is the song
We sing in mitten-weather.
When it is cold,
It doesn't matter whether
Mittens are wool,
Or made of finest leather.
This is the song
We sing in mitten-weather:
Thumbs in the thumb-place,
Fingers all together!

 

Warm Mittens

I wiggle my left hand,
I wiggle my right,
inside of my mittens,
so warm and so tight.

I wiggle my pinkie.
I wiggle my thumb,
so when I make snowballs,
my hands don't get numb.

Each Mitten Has A Mate
Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It

Each mitten has a mate,
has a mate.
Each mitten has a mate,
has a mate.
Can (child's name) find the pair?
(He/She) is looking here and there.
Can (child's name) find the mate.
Find the mate?

Snowey Pokey
Tune:  Hokey Pokey

You put your right mitten in, You take your right mitten out,
You put your right mitten in and you shake it all about.
You do the Snowey pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.

 Additional verses:
 left mitten
 scarf
 right boot
left boot
hat

Mittens for Snow Time

Mittens, mittens for the snow time,
when the world is white.
Mittens for my two hands, (hold up hands)
Mittens left and right.
(show left & right)
Mittens with a thumb place. (show thumb)
Mittens warm and snug.
Mittens make me feel like a bug inside a rug.
(hug self)

 

Mittens on My Hands
Tune: Wheels on the Bus

The mittens on my hands
Keep me warm,
Keep me warm,
Keep me warm,
The mittens on my hands
Keep me warm,
All winter long.

Mittens

I have three pairs of mittens;
Yellow, red, and blue.
If I ever lose a pair,
I will still have two.
But it never works that way,
That's not the way it's done.
I never seem to lose the pair
All I lose is one!
And at the end of winter,
I have three mittens there:
One blue, one red, one yellow,
But not a single pair!

Mittens

Red mittens, blue mittens,
mittens for cold weather.
Wool mittens, knit mittens,
Fingers all together.
Lost mittens, found mittens,
Mittens in the snow.
Wet mittens, dry mittens
Hanging in a row!
Green mittens, orange mittens,
Yellow mittens too,
Furry mittens, soft mittens,
which ones are for you?


Books

 

 


 

Language Activities

Predictable Charts

My mittens are __________.

Have the children think of a word to complete the sentence.  This is one that I always love to turn into a book because some of their ideas are so funny!  The first time I did this I thought most of the children would tell me a color word, but they got very creative using words like wet, striped, soft, frozen, fluffy etc!

The Mitten Retelling

Print out the characters from The Mitten by Jan Brett.  Laminate.  Pass them out to the children.  Have the children recall the animals that went into the mitten in order.  Use a large white sheet as the mitten and have the children crawl in on their turn.  You can sing this song:

The Mitten in the Snow
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

The mitten in the snow
The mitten in the snow
Help us please
so we won't freeze
The mitten in the snow
A ________ squeezes in
A ________ squeezes in
Help us please
so we won't freeze
The mitten in the snow.

The Three Little Kittens Rhyming Center

Photocopy or trace pairs of matching mittens onto construction paper.  Also, photocopy pictures of rhyming words (I use worksheets from The Teacher's Helper).  Color, cut out and glue rhyming pairs onto matching mittens.  Laminate.  To play, the children match rhyming pairs.  To make the game more challenging use only one color of construction paper for the mittens.

Letter Matching

Photocopy onto cardstock paper a small mitten pattern 52 times - enough for upper and lowercase letters.  I used one color paper for the uppercase letters and a different color for the lowercase letters.  Write the uppercase letters on one set and lowercase on the other.  Laminate.  Place in a center to have the children match the upper and lowercase letters.

The Mitten Sight Word Booklet from Hubbard's Cupboard.

This is a great book for children to retell The Mitten and to practice reading sight words.  Click above to print.



Math Activities

Mitten / Glove Graph

Which do you like best mittens or gloves?

File Folder Game

Print out a Mitten Color Matching Game from Preschool Printables.

Mitten Fun

Sit in a circle on the carpet.  Have all of the children place their mittens in the middle of the circle.  Here are some fun things to do:

Find the matches
Sort by color
Sort by type (glove/mitten)
Sort by size

The children also come up with many of their own ideas too:

Characters/no characters
One color/more than one color

Size Them Up!

Photocopy a mitten pattern ten times, making it a little bit larger each time.  Laminate.  Have the children place them in order from smallest to largest. 

Number Matching

Photocopy pairs of mittens, write numerals on them, and have the children find the matching pairs.


Art Activities

Mitten Lacing

Have children use large mitten tracers.  Trace 2 mittens onto construction paper, cut out, and decorate.  I punch holes along the edges with a hole puncher.  I also place the yarn in one of the holes to get them started.  Have children finish sewing up the mittens.  Print out the animals from
The Mitten from Jan Brett's website and retell the story.



 

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