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Mitten Magic

Lore Davis
Alachua County Schools

Description

This is a small group acitivty in which students sort, classify and write about how they sorted the mittens.

Objectives

The student knows that objects have many different observable properties:-color-shapes (circle, triangle, square)-forms (flexible, stiff, straight, and curved)-textures (rough, smooth, hard, soft)-sizes and weights (big, little, large, small, heavy, light, wide, thin, long, short)-positions and speeds (over, under, in, out, above, below, left, right, fast, slow)

Materials

-The book [The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale]. Brett, Jan. Putnam & Grosset Group, 1989.
- 7 sets of mittens in a variety of colors, textures, designs and sizes (Pre-made paper mittens may also be used.)
- 6 boxes of colored pencils
- 6 pencils
- 1 sheet of 12 by 9 inch white construction paper for each child to record his/her sort
- 4 pieces of 12 by 9 inch construction paper for each student in the group to use as sorting mats
- One 12 by 18 inch piece of white construction paper for modeling one group sort

Preparations

1. Obtain the book [The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale] . Brett, Jan. Putnam & Grosset Group, 1989.
2. Locate 7 sets of mittens in a variety of colors, textures, designs and sizes (pre-made paper mittens may also be used).
3. Locate 6 boxes of colored pencils and 6 pencils.
4. Obtain 1 sheet of 12 by 9 inch white construction paper for each child to record his/her sort.
5. Obtain 4 pieces of 12 by 9 inch construction paper for each student in the group to use as sorting mats.
6. Obtain one 12 by 18 inch piece of white construction paper for modeling one group sort.

Procedures

1. Ask students to raise their hands if they've ever worn mittens in the winter to keep their hands warm. Ask them what the mittens looked and felt like. Tell students that today you will read a special story about mittens, and then they will participate in an activity with mittens. Read the book [The Mitten] to the small group of students.

2. Lay the sets of mittens out on the table. Ask the students how they could sort or group the mittens. Give students a minute to think of how they could be sorted.

3. Ask one student to tell you one way the mittens can be sorted. Have the student start the sort. (Example: The student might say to sort by size.) That student might place all the large mittens on a piece of construction paper. Ask another student to choose another size to sort onto another piece of construction paper. Continue having students sort until all the mittens have been sorted. Tell the students that they have just sorted or grouped the mittens by size.

4. Ask students for another way to sort the mittens. Students might say to sort by pattern or design on the mitten (striped or solids). Follow the same procedures used for sorting by size.

5. Use a piece of 12 by 18 inch construction paper to write about how the students sorted the last group of mittens. (Example: I sorted the mittens by stripes and solids.) This could be done on one piece of paper, which has been divided into sections or it could be done on separate pieces of paper.

6. Tell students that they will now sort or group their own group of mittens. Give each student six sets of mittens and four pieces of construction paper to use in sorting their mittens. Students will work independently to sort the mittens. Observe, monitor and provide feedback as students sort their mittens. Give suggestions or ask other students to give suggestions of other ways to sort, if a child can't think of alternative ways to sort. Have students demonstrate their understanding by explaining how they sorted.

7. Have students use pieces of construction paper to write about one way they sorted their mittens. Most kindergarteners will use pictures as their writing and will tell you about the way they classified. Some might label their pictures with one or two letters. Most will not be able to write a sentence. You may write as the student dictates.

8. The students will return to the small group to share the writing, explaining one way he/she sorted and classified the mittens after each student has finished the activity.

Assessments

The student demonstrates his/her knowledge of sorting and classifying by using at least 3 characteristics (color, pattern, texture) to sort mittens. Teacher would use a cheklist to assess students ability to sort materials and manage information.

Extensions

1. Science/math - Read a book or discuss the kinds of clothes worn in the winter. Have students sort clothes worn during different seasons.
2. Language - Read Alvin Tresselt's version of [The Mitten] and have students compare how the stories are alike and different. Next, have students sort animals in the story by which animals were in both stories, which were in Brett's version and which were only in Tresselt's version.
3. Science/math - Read a book about forest animals. Have students sort forest and zoo animals.
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