The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale retold by Jan Brett.
Summary from Brett’s Website:
When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find the mitten 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 a wonderfully funny climax.
As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on.
How to use it classroom:
- Identify and discuss folktale.
- Locate the Ukraine on a world map and observe bordering countries. Infer about its climate based on its position from the equator and other geographic clues. Compare and contrast the Ukraine to your home country.
- Perform a science experiment to test if mittens provide the heat to keep us warm or not. Students should conclude that it is not the mitten that makes them warm, but the body heat being trapped by the mitten that makes them warm. From this experiment, the students create a learning statement about the mitten. Then, they compare their statement with science term insulator.