We read The Mitten by Jan Brett. We retold the story with our partner. As we read, I modeled making my own connections to the story. In the story, Nicki looses one of his white mittens in the snow. I talked about how earlier this week, I lost one of my earrings and how Logan (my kindergartener) found it and brought it to me. When we finished reading, the students shared with each other I time they lost something or had to leave something important to them behind. Then the students went back to their seats and I gave them a white mitten. They wrote and illustrated about a time they lost something important to them.