8.4The MittenLiteracySuitcase Description This more complex literacy suitcase coordinates with the Ukrain- ian folktale “The Mitten”and the interactive poem chart based on the book (activity 3.4). The larger quantity of word cards and fill- in-the blank papers may be overwhelming for younger or less- experienced children. A note from the teacher encourages children to experiment with writing the names of additional animals that crawl into the mitten. Children can use invented spelling or look for models for conventional spellings of the names. Child’s Level This suitcase is appropriate for older preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade children. The modifications would make it appropriate for younger children as well. Materials