Who's Inside the Mitten?
by Judie Haynes
Drama provides a means to get everyone in your ESL class actively involved in second language learning. Students develop self-confidence and improve their oral language skills. They also practice performing in front of a group.
Animals in Jan Brett's book, "The Mitten."
Advanced Beginners to Low Intermediates in grades K-2.
Content Concepts and Skills:
Social vocabulary; oral language, sequencing, oral reading,
1. Students will demonstrate comprehension of the story "The Mitten."
2. Students will retell the story.
3. Students will write and perform a group play.
Animal masks; Play "No One Says "No" to a Big Bear;" Animal cut-outs with mitten
Mole, snowshoe rabbit, kickers, hedgehog, prickles, owl, talons, badger, diggers, fox, bear, mouse.
- Read The Mitten to your class. Have students predict what will happen next by using the keyholes on each page.
- Teach the vocabulary in the context of the story. Practice the vocabulary of the story with students. Use Put the Animals in the Mitten for a fun way to practice.
- Have students sequence the story using sentence strips or by retelling the story in their own words.
- Depending on the ability level of the group, download No One Says "No" to a Big Bear or have students dictate their own play.
- Print animal character masks from Jan Brett's website.
- Have students cut out the masks and tape a cardboard stick to the back so that they can easily hold the masks in front of their faces.
- Cut out a huge white mitten that students can stand on for a prop in your play.
- Perform the play for another class. If your students have difficulty remembering lines, tape their script on the back of the mask.
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