December 8, 2015

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

One of the best parts of teaching in the Primary Grades during the Holiday season is definitely the awesome books that correlate with the time of year!  I use many different books in my classroom and with my after school Reading club for Kindergarten students.  Some of my favorite books are The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett and The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.  I've created some activities to extend higher level thinking and comprehension strategies with the three stories.  Take a look below!

First, discuss if each story is Fiction or Nonfiction.  Review what characterizes a story as either of the things and then have the students prove it to you!

Then, your students can sort photographs between "The Hat" and "The Mitten".  Students may find these stories very similar because of the text patterns and illustrations, so together you can discuss the differences.

Make retelling "The Mitten" fun by having your students create their own mittens and putting the order of the characters into the mitten they created!

Finally, review character and setting with your students by creating a specific scene from the story "The Hat!"

Here is all about one of my ALL time favorite stories "The Polar Express" and how I extend learning in my classroom!

First, discuss main character and traits that go along with the boy in the story.

Then, the problem the boy faces in the story and what happens to him to fix that problem!

 My favorite part is the strategy we used to retell the story!

If you are able to watch the movie in your classroom, then compare and contrast the movie to the story.  It can be differentiated to students in your classroom using pictures or words!

 Finally, have some fun with a setting focused craftivity!!!

 Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you and your students are enjoying the holiday season as much as we are!!!
Happy Holidays!


  1. Okay...I love this post and I absolutely LOVE the activities that you have created. The idea of comparing the two stories was great. I have bookmarked your blog so that I can return. By the way, I see that your blog was designed by the Blog Queens. I love their work. ; )

  2. So many great ways to approach the stories here! Incredibly thorough and appeals to learners of all types, engaging students on many different levels and from many different angles. Excellent!

  3. Thank you so much for both of your feedback!

  4. This is really great! I love the different ELA activities you've included and that they go along with holiday favorite books.