Math Idea
I did The Mitten before winter break, and the other kindergarten teacher I work with gave me a good idea. We found mitten outlines and wrote the numbers 0-20 on them and copied a set for each child. Then they mixed up the cards and picked one at a time, and used unifix cubes to model the number they chose (so they made a stack of 5 cubes if they drew the number 5, etc.). It went really well, I think if I did it again though I'd have them work in partners (less cards to have them make and some have trouble modeling the higher numbers). I also made Ellesen (might not be spelled right) press mitten shapes, and we wrote "left" on one mitten and "right" on another mitten (with the thumbs facing the direction actual hands would) and attached them together with a string. Then I gave directions like raise your right mitten, put your left mitten on your shoulder, etc. We also sequenced the order the animals came out of the mitten with pictures and then wrote the name of each animal next to it.