Mrs. Elliott's Second Graders from Maine enjoyed
reading and working with Jan Brett's The Mitten. The
students used the words "Winter Mitten" in order to create two
winter poems. Each child created a new adventure for a mitten.
Students paired up and did research on each animal from the
story and shared their findings with the class. Then each
student designed a mitten and wrote up the directions for how to
duplicate each design. We then exchanged these directions for
directions written by a class from Michigan. As you can see, we
had a lot of fun as a result of this book. If you wish to visit
The following is the class story they came up
with as they rewrote The Mitten.
Once there was a girl named
Tiffany. She wanted mittens as white as a puffy cloud. "If you
drop a white mitten in the snow it will be hard to find," her
mom said to her.
When she finished knitting,
Tiffany put on the mittens and went out to play. It wasn't long
before one mitten fell off.
A little puppy found it and
snuggled inside. It was just the right size so she decided to
An ant came trudging through the
snow. She pushed in next to the puppy.
A mouse wanted to get warm. The
puppy and the ant made room for her.
A bird flew down and didn't want
to be left out, so the puppy, the ant and the mouse had to move
over. The little mitten was getting stuffed!
A bee came buzzing around and saw
the mitten. She flew right in.
It started to snow, so a
woodchuck shoved her way in and made herself right at home.
Then a porcupine came tumbling
down the snow bank. She poked her way inside. The mitten was
getting bigger and bigger.
Then the porcupine hit the puppy
with her tail. The puppy barked near the bee. The bee stung the
woodchuck. The woodchuck bit the mouse's tail. The mouse whacked
the bird's tail feathers. The bird ate the ant! All this was too
much for the mitten and it exploded, throwing the animals in
Tiffany never did find what was
left of her mitten. So her mother made her another pair. This
time they were red!!
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