using The Mitten in speech therapy

Frequent Speech Sounds:

/m/ initial and medial

Themes:

winter
animals

Book Details:

Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

The Mitten

By Jan Brett

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing. One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax. As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki's snowy outing in the borders of each page.

This classic winter book can be used in speech therapy to address predicting, inferencing, and sequencing. It is also great for targeting the /m/ sound! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using The Mitten in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

vocabulary
sequencing
illustration study
inferencing
predicting
adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)

Sequencing:

order of animals that seek shelter in the mitten

Vocabulary:

wool, tunneling, burrowed, admire, kickers, snuffling, jostled, attracted, commotion, talons, snug, trotting, investigate etc.

Grammar:

adjectives
verbs (regular past tense)

Inferencing:

What is Baba thinking when Nicki leaves the house?
How do the animals feel when another animal comes inside?
What are they thinking each time a new animal comes inside?
How does Nicki feel when he finds his mitten in the snow?
What is Baba thinking when she sees compares the mittens?

Predicting:

Do you think they will let a new animal in? Why or why not?
What animal do you think will come in next?

If you are interested in seeing other winter books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.