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The Mitten Tree – Book Activities

By Candace Christiansen

The Mitten Tree, by Candace Christiansen, is a sweet winter story to read in February and connect to love and caring about others.  In the story, a woman named Sarah watches out her window as neighborhood children gather at the blue spruce tree to wait for the bus. When she notices one boy without mittens, she worries all day. Finally she digs out her old basket of yarn and begins knitting.  In the end, we learn what it means to have a heart full of love.

What is included with the book write-up?

  • Vocabulary list
  • Questions for teaching inferencing skills to enhance comprehension
  •  Journal prompts
  • Detailed activities that cover learning outcomes for Math, Language & Literacy, Science and Art 
  • Save hours of searching the internet for activity ideas
  • Hands on activities with things you can find around the house

Learning Standards covered

  • Children will develop an understanding of new vocabulary introduced in conversations, activities, stories or books
  • Children will develop skills in listening for the purpose of comprehension
  • Children will develop age appropriate writing skills
  • Children will begin to develop age appropriate strategies that will assist in reading (retelling and alphabet knowledge) 
  • Children will create and duplicate simple patterns
  • Children will develop a sense of space and understanding of basic geometric shapes
  • Children will acquire scientific knowledge related to physical science
  • Children will explore and use a variety of materials to develop artistic expression

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