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The Animals of "The Mitten"

from Lee Richardson Zoo

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Based off the Ukrainian folk tale that was adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett, this program will look at some of the animals that find shelter and warmth in the lost mitten of young Nicki. Students will learn why the animals wanted in the mitten, and what the animals usually do to survive the colder temperatures of winter. This program is designed for younger grade levels (pre K - 1st grade) and is therefore only 30 minutes in length.

The Lee Richardson Zoo's Distance Learning Studio offers a multitude of environmental programs to students all over the nation. Our programs always include 2-4 live animals. However, we are currently unable to give programs from actual exhibits around the zoo. If you would like to know which specific animals will be used in your program, please contact the Distance Learning Coordinator directly.

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By Request: $120.00

The fee for all Distance Learning programs is $120 per program. Payment in full must be received no later than ten (10) working days before the program is scheduled to occur.


30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1Public Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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In the event that a program must be canceled due to weather, technical issues, or other circumstances beyond the control of the Zoo or program recipient, the program may be rescheduled at a later date agreeable to both parties for no additional charge (dependent upon availability).

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Lee Richardson Zoo

Garden City, KS
United States

The Lee Richardson Zoo is often referred to as an oasis on the plains of Kansas. Home to hundreds of Kansas native and exotic animals, the Lee Richardson Zoo features over fifty beautifully landscaped acres in Garden City, spacious animal exhibits, walking paths, a playground, picnic areas, and shady avenues.

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Program Details


1) A brief introduction of the book is given
2) Various animals from "The Mitten" are discussed, along with their adaptations for winter
3) Students are allowed to ask questions and answer presenter's questions throughout program
4) Wrap up of the material is given at the end


The participants will:
-Be able to list three ways animals stay warm in winter
-Define the word "hibernation"
-Answer the question: would these animals really be in the same mitten together?

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Life Science Standards for k-4
-The characteristics of organisms
-Organisms and environments

-Is involved in explorations that make his/her mind wonder and know that he/she is practicing science

-Examines the structures/parts of living things