Mitten Weather

LESSON TITLE: Mitten Weather
TEACHER NAME: Jennifer Schupak
CLASS TIME: _45_Minutes _1_Days/week _1_# Session(s)
SUBJECTS COVERED – Cutting and Pasting, Coloring in the lines, following instructions.


  • Students will demonstrate how to color, cut and paste.
  • Students will demonstrate how to draw simple lines and shapes to create art.


  1. Winter Hat print out:
  2. Mittens print out (you will need two, one facing the opposite way, just reverses this image): 
  3. Crayons
  4. 11×17 Paper
  5. Pencil
  6. Scissors
  7. Glue stick


pattern– a set of colors, shapes or objects in a repeating sequence, i.e. 123123123, ABCABCABC

matching set– creating two items which have the same colors, patterns and materials. In this case the mittens will sever as one pair to match the one hat.

parenthesis– either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material, in this lesson we are using them are a large shape, not to be confused with the shape of a C



I separate my students into 4 tables of 6. Three chairs on either side of long tables and on each table I have nothing but a number either 1, 2, 3, or 4. On small cards I wrote out the numbers 1-4 and have 6 of each number. I meet my students at the door and hand them each a numbered card to where they proceed to their table. I use the first minute of class to calm them down as I collect the numbers and explain to them what we will learn about in class today. I find that since I have new students each week in addition to the students who have been coming since the beginning that it’s not possible for me to give my students assigned seating. Unfortunately my class changes too dramatically from week to week to give them any more structure than this, but so far I am finding that this number system keeps them away from sitting at tables with their friends and helps them socialize with new students through out the period.


I printed out the hat and mittens image on paper to be handed out to each student. They will be told to only use three colors on the hat and mittens because they will be making a “matching set”. This will help the students cut down on clean up and on time. Have them color in a pattern on the hat and mittens. Once they are done have your students cut out the hat and mittens and place them on the large paper. The paper should be vertical and the hat should be pasted on the upper third of the page. Once the hat is glued to the page have your students use a pencil to draw a U shape for the face, and for the body two ( ) parenthesis shapes which curve from the face down to the bottom of the page. This will be the big puffy jacket. Then glue on the mittens on the bottom third of the page so it looks as tho the person in the picture is showing his or her hands. Now with your pencil add the details of the face, simple eyes, a J shape for the nose and a simple mouth. Have them color their jacket a nice bright color. They can add a zipper to the jacket, and any other details they may choose. If there is time they can event decorate the background with snowflakes, or color.


My students responded extremely well to this lesson. I was able to pace out each students project by handing out each worksheet one at a time, allowed them to only choose three colors for the the patterns and then allowed them to cut the objects out of the paper, discard their scraps and then proceed to glue the pieces down and draw their character. These came out really well and I was so happy to see how well they could follow directions, cut out the objects and glue down their work. Below are examples of their work.


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