Are we talking Winter?!  Yep!  I'm here to provide inspiration and resources to help you add sparkle to your Winter classroom!

The Missing Mitten Mystery is a fun story by Steven Kellogg.  Annie and her dog, Oscar, have had a delightful day playing in the snow – but she soon discovers that she has lost one of her red mittens – her fifth lost mitten this year!  

As she retraces her steps in search of the missing mitten, we get a glimpse into her lively imagination!

How to Use it in Your Classroom

You and your students will love this delightful story.

It is a perfect launch into many engaging cross-curricular activities:

LANGUAGE ARTS ACTIVITIES

COMPREHENSION: Summarize

You can use this story to develop students' comprehension skills of summarizing by identifying the beginning, middle, and end of the story.  

This flipbook is a fun way to record their thoughts.

WRITING: Narrative

Annie takes us on a delightful adventure during the middle of the story. She retraces her steps and reflects on what might have happened to that missing red mitten.

Use this middle section of the flipbook to spark a discussion with your students and brainstorm ideas of what might have happened to their mittens if they had lost them. 

Then model using the pre-write graphic organizer to write a personal narrative.

The included pages have graphic organizers for the writing process:

  1. Pre-Write
  2. Rough Draft
  3. Publishing Paper

The publishing papers came from my January Monthly Paragraph Writing Resources, packed with resources to meet your January's writing needs.  Just click on the picture to see more of that packet.

Making Words

Mittens make this word-making activity just a bit more fun!  
 
You can use it in various ways:
  • morning work
  • literacy centers
  • partner activity
  • homework
  • whole-class activity

MATH ACTIVITIES

Data Analysis with Snowman Glyphs

Annie finds her mitten at the end of the story in a very surprising place – it has become the heart of her snowman!  
This story is the perfect anticipatory set for my Data Analysis with Snowman Glyphs unit.
 

Just click here or on the picture to see more.

Addition Strategy Game

This ‘Smitten with Mittens' addition strategy game is also in the free book companion.
 
Your students will enjoy the game as they get some essential practice with the ‘Doubles Plus 1' mental math strategy.
 
Find the link below.

This ‘Missing Mitten' Book Companion is in my FREE Resource Library.  Just click on the image below to go to find it in my FREE Resource Library.

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This book companion for ’The Missing Mystery' great for your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classroom or home school students! Many cross-curricular activities are included: Reading: Summarizing the story, Spelling: Word making with the word: mitten, Math: Smitten with Mittens Doubles plus 1 addition game and Narrative Writing graphic organizer and writing paper. {first, second, third}

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My name is Peggy Means. I am a child of God and a retired elementary teacher. I loved teaching and creating engaging resources for my students. Now, I love sharing my resources and ideas with busy teachers around the world.

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