Saturday, January 14, 2012

Jan Brett Study week 1

This week we began our Jan Brett author study. First, we read The Hat.  While reading this book, we talked about what Hedgie was feeling (curious, embarrassed) and made connection to those feelings. After reading, we did the sequencing feelings graphic organizer from my Jan Brett pack.

Then, we brainstormed words synonmyms for the word ridiculous, which of course is the word used to describe how Hedgie and the other animals look in a hat.  We made a word web (also in the pack) to show all our words. I'm always impressed with how they think of words that I may not think of. Then we made these hats.

Students chose their favorite animal and a word from their word webs to describe how that animal looked. 

The dog looked goofy in the gloves. 

The hedgehog looked silly in the stocking. (She added the word cute too)

Next, we read The Mitten. This book also has so many good examples of interesting word choice. We also read Alvin Tresselt's version of The Mitten and did this Venn diagram. A student copy of this venn diagram is also included in the Jan Brett pack. After doing this, we'll begin our Mitten reader reflection journal and the character Read, Think, Match.

More Jan Brett posts to come.  To view my post about the Jan Brett pack, click here.
Mrs. Cole over at Coles Little Pups has a great Mitten unit and a unit for The Three Snow Bears. Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies has an adorable Mitten label-it pack. Go check them out! 


  1. Thank you for the shout out! Your hats are just adorable!!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. The mitten venn diagram and the hats are SO CUTE! So glad I found your blog today, I look forward to coming back and reading more great posts :) Have a happy rest of your weekend!

    Lisa :) (new follower)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  3. What I cute idea! I love those books! Such good read-alouds. Your blog is too cute! (I'm your newest follower. Come check out my blog if you ever need some math ideas. :) ps. I love your name! hehe


  4. I love it. Thank you. Gonna try it next week.

    Grade ONEderful

  5. This was right up my alley as I am teaching Jan Brett throughout the month of January. Glad I found your blog. I am on my way to 100 followers and a giveaway. Please stop by. :o)
    Keeping Up With First Grade

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