After reading The Hat, we made a word web of synonyms for the word ridiculous. We used all the words from the story and then thought of our own..
Then each student chose their favorite animal and favorite synonym to do these hats for our bulletin board.
The inside says, "The _________ looked __________ in the __________".
For The Mitten, we do a Venn diagram comparing Jan Brett's version to an older version by Alvin Tresselt. Each student was in charge of a pink strip. When it was their turn, they read their strip and glued it in the correct space. (If they needed help, they could ask the class for some assistance.) They had a great time with this one!
Unfortunately, the picture turned out blurry, but hopefully you get the idea. :)
We've been talking a lot about elements of a story, and Jan Brett books work so well for this. I get a little graphic-organizer-happy. Here are a few:
I had the best teacher moment yesterday when one of my students inspired this graphic organizer. We were reading Hedgie's Surprise and he said, "this story reminds me of Trouble with Trolls for two reasons..." The rest of the class joined in while I whipped up this poster. Other kids started to throw in other books too!