LESSON 7A: Compare The Hat and The Mitten
Using two books by Jan Brett, The Hat and The Mitten, students identify connections between text ideas (similarities and differences) by using a Venn diagram.
GRADE LEVEL EXPECTATIONS
R1I: Identify connections, with assistance, between text ideas (similarities and differences) in various real and make-believe works (fiction and non-fiction) and text ideas and own experiences.
R2C: Uses details form text to identify story elements (main characters and problem).
§ Sources of Literature
o The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett
o Copies of the books, The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett
o Chart paper
§ Handouts provided
o Venn diagram
§ Words to know
Make mental notes of students’ attentiveness during the activity, which will be recorded later in anecdotal notes and on a checklist of all unit objectives. At the end of this lesson, record your observations of students’ ability to identify text elements and/or identify connections between text. Notes from this observation and others can be used to rate each student using the checklist at the end of this unit.
1. Gather in read-aloud area and gain attention of students by using a class signal.
2. Review the title of the book and the author/illustrator of both books.
3. Discuss both books with the students.
Who are the characters in each story?
What is the problem in each story?
What about the pictures on the side of the page?
What is alike about both stories?
4. Discuss what is different in both books.
5. Introduce the Venn diagram, if students have not used one before. Label one circle in red, The Mitten and label the other circle in blue, The Hat.
If this is the first time for the students to use a Venn diagram, you may want to introduce the concept with two hula-hoops. Have students sort things according to color. One circle for red things and the other circle for blue things and the middle section for things both red and blue.
6. Students say what is different in both books and complete the Venn diagram on the chart paper.
7. Repeat the procedure with what is similar in both stories.