Interactive Story Time & Printable Prompt Cards

The Mitten Book Cover

Here's your Book Prompt Card for The Mitten!

What's a Book Prompt Card? A card designed to be cut out and placed inside your Anywhere Pocket.

What's an Anywhere Pocket? A self-adhesive, clear pocket that can be placed on the end pages at the beginning of a book.

Side A

The Mitten Book Cover
Before the Story

This story is a folktale that was written and illustrated by Jan Brett. We’re going to meet Nicki and his grandmom along with lots of animals in this tale. Let’s look at the picture on the cover and name the ones we know. Maybe when we listen to the story, we’ll learn the names of the other animals. I wonder why there’s a mitten lying in the snow. Hmmm. Let’s read the story to find out why.

During the Story

If children ask about the clothes that Nicki and Baba are wearing explain that this is a Ukrainian folktale from long ago and that’s how people dressed. Help children focus on the story line. Why did Baba think it would be hard to find a white mitten? Why did the animals want to be inside the mitten? As we turn the pages, try to keep track of the mitten. What was the mole referring to when he mentioned the rabbits “big kickers?” I wonder if the bear will fit inside the mitten!

After the Story

What happened when the Bear sneezed? Do you think the story has a happy ending? On the very last page, why does Baba have a confused expression on her face?

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Side B

Follow Up Ideas

Create collages with a variety of white materials. When completed, let the children try to hide a cut out of a white mitten on the collage and see if their friends can find it!

Vocabulary Boosters
  • Spinning Wheel- On the first page of the story, there's any image of a spinning wheel in the margin.  What did Baba use the spinning wheel to make? 
  • Jostled - To be pushed and shoved.  The mole and the rabbit were bumped and jostled inside the mitten.  Let's act out what happens when you're jostled.
  • Prickles - Sharp points.  Point to the prickles on the hedgehog.
  • Swooped - To fly down suddenly.  The owl swooped down.  Let's act our what it looks like to swoop down.
  • Talons - A bird's claws.  Which animal in the story has talons?
  • Enormous - Really, really big!  The bear gave an enormous sneeze.  Let's try to sneeze like the bear.‚Äč 
Your Notes
Your Notes
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Interactive and Dialogic Reading

Interactive and Dialogic Reading are two approaches to reading aloud that are based on the belief that children can and should be active participants in the experience. Teachers take on an expanded role, as well and employ strategies to engage their audience with more than just the story itself! These methods which involve children asking and answering questions at designated intervals throughout a story have shown promising results in research studies. We know that actively involving children before, during, and after a story, is an effective way to build critically important reading skills. For more information on these approaches, visit these links:

In Becker's Book Corner, we'll feature different books each month and always provide a Book Prompt Card that can be printed, adhered to a 4 x 6 index card and placed inside your book for easy reference.

The Book Prompt Card offers prompts to use before, during, and after the story is read.

Before the Story

  • Story Prompts - This is your opportunity to pose intentional questions to build some intrigue about what’s to come!
  • Vocabulary Boosters - The trick here is to select a handful of key words or phrases from the story that you think children should hear before you read aloud but not to “teach” the words until you come across them in the story. Be dramatic and creative as you introduce new words.

During the Story

  • Talk Times - Typically during a story, we’ll suggest you stop and make comments to help children comprehend story events and understand the actions of the characters.

After the Story

  • Make it Stick - Children who have an opportunity to talk about books after a shared reading experience make a smoother transition into becoming independent readers. Be prepared with follow up “why” questions that require a thoughtful response. If there’s a topic that captures their attention, run with it!
  • Follow-Up Activities – Try to think outside the box here. Think of one element, one new vocabulary word, one new concept, or anything else worthy that was introduced and prepare an activity to reinforce that learning.
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