Learning With Literature: The Mitten

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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.

Then we colored the animals and put them inside the mitten while Mom read the story again.

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.

Here are some more resources for learning from The Mitten:
The Mitten printables from Homeschool Share
Read an e-book of The Mitten on line
Activities and printables on Jan Brett’s website

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  1. I never would have thought of using The Mitten as inspiration for a science experiment. Thanks for sharing this with “Look! What We Did!”

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  2. It is interesting that most children have the same misconception and even after much testing are still reluctant to let go of the idea that the mitten, blanket, or coat, produces heat. We did a week on the Mitten a few weeks ago. You can see our activities at http://1mommysjourney.weebly.com/1/post/2012/01/winter-time-fun.html We did a week with The Big Mitten and then a week with The Mitten because there were so many mitten activities. Thanks for sharing, I really liked the activity where the kids can put the animals inside their homemade mitten.

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  3. How funny, I’ve seen 3 posts about the mitten in the last 30 hour. I guess I missed the memo to do that book this week =-) I love how you used science & were seeing how warm it got in the mitten!! LOVE it! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

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  4. ‘The Mitten” is one of my favorite books! I read it to my pre-school class, my own kids and now to my library Storytime groups every winter. I never thought to measure the temp inside a mitten–VERY clever!! I may have to do that this week with my Storytime group!

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  5. I love the mitten with the thermometer. I haven’t seen that variation on the experiment before.

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

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