Cyberguide by Sheron Mehl
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Using Jan Brett's The Mitten, cross age students will use the Internet to learn more about how Jan Brett created her illustrations and how she was inspired to write her own version of the original Ukrainian folk.
In their study of The Mitten, students will focus on the following questions:
During this unit, students will:
This K-3 unit assumes that intermediate cross age tutors will help small groups of primary students read information on the Internet and complete activities. Student activities lead to a culminating project in which groups of students, wearing animal masks they have made, retell The Mitten in oral presentations to the class.
Grade Level Readability: All sites below are appropriate for grades K-3 with assistance from cross age tutors.
Jan Brett's Homepage I
Jan Brett's Homepage II
After visiting The Mitten Newsnotes Page, students with cross age tutors will record information about the making of The Mitten and create a Jan Brett-like border for their journals.
- The Mitten Newsnotes Page
- URL: http://www.janbrett.com/mitten_newsnotes2.htm
With cross age tutors, students write an e-mail letter to Jan Brett.
- Jan Brett's E-mail account
- URL: http://www.janbrett.com/email/email.html
From a Jan Brett web site that offers eight animal mask templates, students choose different masks to make. (Printer necessary.) Using these masks, students present an oral presentation of The Mitten.
The links below point to individual masks from Jan Brett's activity page:
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