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1-2-3 Come Do Some "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" Activities With Me

 

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsDo you read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff? 

I absolutely love her "If You Give A..." series of stories.  So do my students.  They truly get a kick out of the endings, where things come full circle and then repeat. 

Glad that a publisher finally agreed, as that best-selling book was rejected 9 times!!!! Puts new meaning behind the words, "Try, try again." 

These books are perfect for sequencing!  With that in mind, I designed a storytelling flip booklet, as well as a slider craftivity

Both packets will help practice the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards, and make for a wonderful transition activity, after you're done reading the story.  

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsFirst up is the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" flip booklet. 

Fun for your kiddos and easy-peasy for you too, as it’s simply “Print & Go”. 

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsSimply run the mouse pattern off on construction paper or card stock.
Students color & trim. This becomes the sturdy “base” of their booklet.

Students color, cut & collate the pages into a little book, which is then glued to the base.

I purposely did not number the pages, so you can assess comprehension & ability to sequence correctly.

I've included black & white patterns, as well as colorful ones, so that you can quickly & easily make an example to share.

Because children absolutely love giving their opinion, the last page allows them a chance to rate the story with a thumbs up or down, as well as coloring in a star ranking.

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsTo further check comprehension, I’ve included a “color, cut & glue” worksheet too.

As another way to assess comprehension, as well as include some writing practice, there’s also a “Here’s What Happened…” worksheet, which can be done as a whole group with younger children.

When everyone is done, have children pick a partner and take turns telling the story, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” to each other.
We sometimes do this sort of thing with our older reading buddies.

Afterwards, encourage students to share their mouse craft with their parents, once again retelling the story.

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsNext up is the slider.  There are several mouse options. I’ve included a large, full-page pattern for teachers, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern for your students.

Children color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the cookie “window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their mouse home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsI’ve included a “sequence the story” slider activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank slider strip.

You also have the option to do the regular slider with the story graphics in the appropriate order, then assess comprehension afterwards, using the “Sequence the Story” worksheet.

I introduce the lesson by reading "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie", then share my completed "slider craftivity” with my students.

So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.

After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my cookie mouse.
Have children guess which story element they think comes next before you pull the picture through the “window”.

If you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mouse craft, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, activities for Laura Numeroff booklsMy students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a Cookie Mouse story slider of their own.

back to school icebreakers, M&Ms icebreaker, icebreaker games, As with the flip booklet, this packet also includes a "Here's What Happened..." worksheet, in black & white, as well as color, so that you can do this as a whole group discussion with little ones.

Today's featured FREEBIE is a fun little "back to school" icebreaker.

You can play this "get to know you game" with M&Ms or Skittles,   This activity works with a variety of ages and grade levels.  I hope you find it useful.

back to school activities, if you give a mouse a cookie activitiesWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping in. 

Not sure about you, but my summer is going at the speed of light. 

Seems like we were all just cheering on the last day, and now we're getting ready for that exciting first week of school. 

Wishing you a blessed day free of stress, and those too long "To Do" lists.

"You do enough. You are enough. You've done enough. You have enough. Relax." - Unknown

1-2-3 Come Do Some Halloween Storytelling Crafts With Me  

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Do you read ”The Spooky Wheels on the Bus” by J. Elizabeth Mills?
It’s put out by Scholastic and a new favorite of mine.

Perfect for counting, introducing onomatopoeia, and practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards.

Click on the book photo on the left, or this LINK, to see it being read by a librarian on YouTube.

Since my students are familiar with and really enjoy singing “The Wheels on the Bus”, having an alternate version for Halloween fun is particularly enjoyable.

Activities for the spooky wheels on the busWith these things in mind, I designed a quick, easy and fun ”Spooky Wheels on the Bus” “slider” craftivity, which will help your students retell the story in the proper order.

For educational fun on Halloween party day, read the story, sing the song, and make the slider craft.  Woo hoo for easy-peasy!!

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Choose the simple square cut pattern for little ones, or the "cut me out" bus template for children with better scissor skills.

Students color the story elements on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together. There are two options for these as well. 

I use the numbered strip because my Y5s are learning number recognition, plus how to count and sequence

You could also use the strip with just the graphics, and have students number their own to get in even more practice.

As children pull on the end of the “slider-strip” the various pictures go through the “window” of their bus, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their craft home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

I introduce the lesson by reading the book ”The Spooky Wheels on the Bus”, then share my completed "slider craft” with my students.
So that you can quickly, and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.

After I read the story, we retell the tale together, using the picture prompts on my slider. I have children guess which story element they think comes next, before I pull the picture through the “window”.

My students now know what’s expected of them, and are very excited to transition to making a “Spooky Bus” storytelling slider of their own.

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

I’ve included a "Let's sequence the story” activity for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on their worksheet.

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus There's also a colorful, bus answer key poster, which you can use in various ways, including as an independent puzzle center.

A Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, is another way to check comprehension, plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers and other transitions

storytelling wheels, halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Since the story is about the WHEELS on a spooky bus, I also made a story wheel craft as well. 

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus This option provides another way to sequence and retell "The Spooky Wheels on the Bus" story.

Like the slider craft, I've included a "Here's What Happened" writing prompt. 

There's also another fun writing option, where students continue the story by thinking of an 11th thing that might be riding the spooky bus. 

halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus They fill in the blank, compleete the sentence with some sort of onomatopoeia then illustrate their worksheet. 

My example has 11 black bats, which go flap, flip, flap all through the town.  Students will enjoy sharing what they've come up with, and completed projects make a cute bulletin board. 

apple activities, telling time activities to the hour, telling time activities to the half hour, halloween activities, halloween songs, halloween books, halloween stories, halloween crafts, the spooky wheels on the bus story, activities to go with the spooky wheels on the bus Today's featured FREEBIE is a set of apple-themed time cards for practicing telling time to the hour and half hour

There are blackline patterns plus a cover, so that students can make their own "Itty Bitty" Telling Time Flip Booklet, along with two assessments I think you'll find useful.

activities for spooky wheels on the busWell that's it for today.  Thanks for dropping in. 

I'm absolutely loving the Indian Summer weather we've been having here in Michigan, so it's time to go rake a few leaves out of my flower beds, before the rain that's brewing changes my plans. 

Wishing you a fun-filled day.

"Autumn, the year's last loveliest smile." -William Cullen Bryant

 

 

 

 

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