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Our The Mitten unit study and lapbook is based on the classic tale told and illustrated by Jan Brett. It is the perfect wintertime story to cozy up to.

This unit study download includes two lapbook options: one for your preschool student and one for your elementary student.

Grab the download and a mug of hot cocoa and plan your week with The Mitten unit study & lapbook.

Thanks to Ginger A. for writing this The Mitten unit study and for helping me with lapbook ideas.

Lessons from The Mitten Unit Study

Here are a few sample lessons from The Mitten unit study:

Language Arts

Genre: Folktale
This is a retelling of a Ukrainian Folktale. What does retelling mean? What is a folktale? Is this an original story?  You may want to include reading another variation of this tale, The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt. 

Did grandmother give Nicki good advice? Why do you think Baba made the white mittens for Nicki?

What happens after all the animals crawl into the mitten? Have you ever heard anyone use the phrase “the straw that broke the camel’s back?” How is this saying similar to the story of The Mitten?

Social Studies

Geography: Ukraine
Read more about Ukraine then tell your student the information she would find interesting.

Where does this story take place? What language is spoken there? What does Baba mean? What do you call your grandmother?

Recipes from other cultures are always fun to try, and this unit study includes a recipe for Khrustyky (sweet nothings).


Count the number of animals that are inside the mitten.

Look at a real mitten. Compare the size of the mitten to the animals pictured in the book, The Mitten. Which animals could really fit into a mitten?  Observe a mitten and a glove. How are they alike? Different? 

Mitten Matching
Work on matching skills. Gather all the mittens and gloves in your home (or cut out several pairs of paper mittens). Mix them up and let your child match the pairs. How many is a pair?

You can grab a copy of the entire The Mitten Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

The Mitten Lapbook Printables for Early Elementary

The free download includes these lapbook printables to go with The Mitten:

  • Animals in Winter Shutterfold Book
  • Migration Simple Fold
  • Hibernation Simple Fold
  • Mitten Shape Book
  • What Is a Folktale? T-book
  • Ukraine Flag Simple Fold
  • Snowy Animals (make a camouflage picture)
  • Where Is the Ukraine? Matchbook
  • Baba Matchbook
  • Guess the Animals Matchbooks

The Mitten Lapbook Printables for Preschool and Kindergarten

This file also includes printables for your preschool or kindergarten student:

  • Mitten Lacing Card
  • Left and Right Mittens
  • Winter Clothes Layer Book
  • My Little Book of Mm Words Hotdog Book
  • I Love Snow! Song Accordion
  • My Mitten (make a tactile mitten)

How to Get Started with The Mitten Unit Study & Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the The Mitten:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, The Mitten, or grab one from your local library.
  2. Print the The Mitten unit study
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the lapbook pieces you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of wonderful book based learning with your student.

Download Your The Mitten Unit Study and Lapbook

Simply click on the image below to snag your free The Mitten activities and printables.

The Mitten Unit Study and Lapbook

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