Hello Friends!
 I am tucked under a quilt at home on this icy day, and 
happy to share some books and activities that will hopefully help 
you plan some fun winter-themed
learning activities!
Be sure to also check out all of the other great ideas that
our gracious hosts have linked up for this month!
PAWsitively Teaching
Inspired Owl's Corner

Thick, warm, cable-knit, patterned, bright colors....
All of these adjectives can be used to describe the
mittens we wear to protect our hands from the cold here in Ohio, 
and January is the month I pull out some of my favorite stories 
and projects about them!
The Mitten Tree 
 is a story that will warm your heart!  It includes an
important message about doing good deeds quietly for others without 
expecting accolades.  I always want to pick up my neglected
yarn and knitting needles after I've read it! 
This project is a great way for students to respond 
creatively and colorfully to the story!
Click HERE to see  the pin!
Credit: MPM School Supplies
The Missing Mitten Mystery and A Mountain of Mittens
are two great books to help students learn to count by twos, to match pairs, to explain
symmetry, and to practice multiplication arrays!  They can both also be used to spark 
a variety of creative thinking and writing activities.

This project is a great follow-up art activity for either book, and
makes  a gorgeous window display!
Click HERE to see the pin!
Credit: Kinder-Craze:  A Kindergarten Blog

If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram,
you know how much I admire Jan Brett's books!
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Mitten, and I can't wait to
have my second graders compare and contrast her adaptation
with Alvin Tresselt's version of this beloved Ukrainian folktale.

This fabulous resource features a variety of 
story response and analysis activities for grades 2-4!
Click HERE to see this pin,
as well as a marvelous collection of more magnificent ideas from 
my blogger buddy, Carla!
Credit:  Comprehension Connection

I've been building my Pinterest boards slowly but surely,
so feel free to follow me!

I am also new to Twitter, so find me at @storiesin2nd if you'd like!

I hope that your transition back to school after this long holiday break goes
smoothly!  As always, thank you for sharing my story!  
May you always hold a song in your heart,
dream a little dream, and teach your children well!
And if this post has inspired you to try and MAKE some
mittens, then my talented, wise, and gifted friend Kimberly's blog post over at 
 Books First in Maine 
is a must-read!
Wouldn't knitting be a wonderful activity for children
stuck indoors for recess this winter? And wouldn't it teach them
patience and tenacity at the same time?  Imagine soft music,
comfortable chairs, and busy hands.  Now go buy some colorful skeins of yarn!
Click HERE for step-by-step instructions and a rhyme
for "finger knitting!"

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  1. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Lynn!

  2. I LOVE this theme! Thank you for sharing!
    Palma (from KFUNdamentals)

    1. Thanks for your kind comments, Palma! Glad you enjoyed!

  3. Such cute mitten pins! Thanks for sharing and linking up!

    1. You are most welcome! Thanks for hosting such a fun linky!

  4. Love all of the mitten book and art choices! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and linking up!

    1. Thank YOU so much for hosting! I will look forward to next month's idea "party!"

  5. Lots of great mitten activities. Are your knitting now too?
    Burke's Special Kids

    1. I have a stash of scarves that I started knitting about two years ago, Sebrina! Sometimes I pull out my basket--especially in the winter--but lately I have been too busy! Maybe I will start up again if we have lots of snow days again like we did last January and February!?

  6. Jennifer, thanks for sharing all the great "mitten" books. I, too, am a huge Jan Brett fan and The Mitten is my favorite winter story!!
    Elyse :)
    Proud to be Primary

    1. My class this year absolutely LOVES Jan Brett's books, and has a grand time tracking the hedgehog in all of her stories!

  7. The Mitten Tree sounds like a great book!

    1. It is a charming story about how simple acts of kindness have a wide reach!

  8. Jennifer I absolutely LOVE all the pins you shared. I want to do everything you have here:)
    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments, Barbara! I love teaching my winter units more than I love the actual weather--that is for sure! Happy New Year to you, too!