Jan Brett Author Study

By:  Lisa Murphy

 

 

 

 

Crayon Resist with Epson Salt

 

We read the story The Mitten by Jan Brett.  The children were asked to choose their favorite part of the story and draw a picture, using wax crayons.  For the border, in order to integrate with math as well as to model Jan Brett's technique of using borders, they were instructed to do a winter border with a pattern.  The pattern was to be more difficult than an abab pattern.  We brainstormed for winter symbols and came up with a list of snowmen, snowflakes, hockey sticks, mittens, snow hats, etc.  Once the crayon pictures were completed, with the hint to color in spaces and color fairly dark, they painted over their art work with a solution of Epson salt stirred into warm water.

 

To spruce up the bulletin board the children had fun making snowflakes.

 

A writing idea would be to have the students write about what is happening in the picture and why they chose this to be their favorite part.

 

 

Jan Brett Author Study

 
We have been reading all the Jan Brett books that we can find.  After a period of time the children will each choose their favorite book.  They will then do a book report about their chosen book.  We will also graph Our Favorite Jan Brett Stories

   

                                                                                                                        

1.  Book Title:______________________________________

2.  Author:________________________________________

3.  Illustrator:_____________________________________

4.  Publisher:______________________________________

5.  Year Published:__________________________________

6.  Dedication:_____________________________________

7.  Characters:

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8.  Beginning:______________________________________

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9.  Ending:________________________________________
 

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10.  Problem:______________________________________

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11.  My Favorite Part:________________________________

 

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