Friday, February 22, 2013

Jan Brett Unit Study


We love Jan Brett's books in our house. They are charming stories with wonderful illustrations.

Some of our favorite books are....



Scholastic has a lessons plan on The Mitten that will help students learn sequencing and learn how to predict. We love how the illustrations on the side of the pages show what is happening elsewhere in the story.

A mitten coloring page can be found here.

A coloring page of mittens and animals can be found on this Jan Brett site.

To creat a snow scene, children can take blue od black construction paper and use white paint/crayon to make a winter scene similar to the story.


For this story, you can take white air dry clay(Crayola makes an easy clay to work with) and have the kids build an igloo.

Make a mural of the arctic. You can find directions and pictures here.

This book is a great way to introduce your children to the Inuit people. You can discuss how they live, customs they have, food they eat and where they live.



A lesson plan for The Hat can be found at Scholastic.

A coloring page for this book can be found at Jan Brett.


This is a wonderful story that teaches children that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Teaching our children to be happy with what they have is so important in today's world.

All Kids Network has a fun craft to go along with this story. Most of the supplies you probably already have in your house.

Check it out here.

An alphabet coloring page of Town Mouse, Country Mouse can ber found here.



Both of these stories are full of adventure.

Making gingerbread cookies would be a great addition to the telling of these two stories.

A few years ago I drew a gingerbread picture on poster board and had my kids color and decorate. You can use a variety of media to decorate them...seqins, beads, rick rack, ribbon, buttons, pipe cleaners, pom poms, ect. If they want to turn them into puppets just glue a popsicle stick to the back of the gingerbread man.

A blank gingerbread form can be found on this site for those that do not have any drawing abilities.

Jan Brett is a wonderful author that writes stories that enchant little ones and older ones.

Here is a page that shows a collection of her books.

We have read many of her books over and over.

After reading several of Jan Brett's books, I asked Lego Man and Princess P to create a picture in the same style Jan Brett uses. We talked about how you can see what the main character is doing, the supporting characters and what will happen when you flip the page.

This is what they came up with.

Lego Man's Cave Man picture.

His favorite book is The First Dog by Jan Brett.

There are numerous resources out there to use.

An excellent site that has loads and loads of fun stuff to do can be found here.

This Jan Brett site has coloring pages, activities, videos, games, recipes and so much more.

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