Ask questions, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the content and features of different types of sources (evidence)
Sequence objects, images, or events, and distinguish between what has changed and what has stayed the same (continuity and change)
On the first reading, pause after the mole enters the mitten. Students predict what will happen next
Sequencing - cut/paste animals in a sequencing chart in the order they appeared in the book
Nicki calls his grandmother Baba. Do you have any special names for your parents or grandparents?
Explain how grandmother was afraid the mittens would get lost because they would be camouflaged. Explain what camouflage is. Show examples. Read The Mixed-up Chameleon by Eric Carle. Make a camouflage picture of the white rabbit against the snow, or use other animals such as polar bear, arctic fox etc. Use minimal black details to hide the animal. Can use white cotton balls, sponge paint etc.
Journal writing - “The ____ was in the mitten” - cut out mitten and one animal. Add to journal with the sentence
Vocabulary development: Develop a Can/Have/Are chart (see below)
At the end of the story, Nicki ends up with 1 big mitten and 1 little mitten. Discuss opposites. Brianstorm other objects in the book that are opposites (black/white, cold/warm, smooth/prickly, young/old, inside/outside). Read Eric Carle’s Opposites book. Make a class opposite book.