We all have them. Books we love to read year after year to our students. Today I am sharing 2 of my yearly favorites with you!
I discovered Jan Brett books back when I was student teaching in 1992 ( yes, I know some of you were youngsters back then!) I was so taken by her illustrations. I can hear all of you other there in blogger land agreeing with me right?!?!
So of course, a tried and true staple in my winter plans is the book The Mitten
Along with the art work, she does such a great job with telling a story within the story. I just LOVE how she uses the sides of each page to give you a peek into what is also going on in the story. That is genius! After reading the story, I like to have my students retell it using these character cards
We use a pocket chart to put the characters in order and then to check for understanding my students complete this
Then we read The Hat. I like to use the same type of activities for this story as well. Sequencing, retelling and then we add in some comparing.
pocket chart cards
Then for storing I have a big Venn diagram on chart papers where they add their observations to it and complete this character sort.
You can find all the activities and character cards here
I would love to hear about some of your favorite winter books. Leave me a comment below.