Learning With Literature: The Mitten
The Mitten , by Jan Brett, provided us with wonderful learning opportunities and fun.
First, we printed out big paper mittens and animals from Jan Brett’s website. We colored the front and back of the mittens, then hole punched around the edges and sewed them together with yarn. We used blue painters tape to hold things in place while we sewed (the end of the thread to the mitten, the two mittens together). The tape can then be easily removed without harming the paper project.
We had a great time doing a mitten science experiment, from Mrs. Smith at Classroom Magic. Thank you for such a terrific idea, Mrs. Smith!
We measured the temperature of the room. It was 62 degrees F. We didn’t have a digital thermometer so we used a cooking thermometer.
Next we measured the temperature of a mitten after two minutes. Still 62 degrees F.
Finally, we measured the temperature of a hand inside a mitten after two minutes. That was 70 degrees F. Probably would’ve been higher if we were not using a cooking thermometer or if we waited longer. At any rate, we had the information we needed to figure out what made the temperature go higher only when a hand was in the mitten.
Using the worksheet provided in Mrs. Smith’s link, above, the kids hypothesized that the mitten would make things warmer. They were surprised to find out that it is our body heat that keeps us warm and the cloth of the mitten simply traps the warmth.