Comparing The Hat and
Draw attention to the different kinds of animals in each book:
woodland animals in The Hat
farm animals in The Mitten
After the first readings, draw attention to the side windows displayed on the pages of each book. Explain how these windows weave a story within a story and on further readings have students predict what will happen next..
Discuss unique footprints of each animal. Draw attention to the similarities/differences. Match footprints to animals.
Measure students - how many mittens or hats tall am I?
There are numerous books that can be used to connect First Peoples with winter/snow/ grandmother concepts. A few stories include: