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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 Make Some Storytelling Sliders With Me 

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While working on the polar bear this week, I had a request from Enadia in Michigan, for a sequencing craft for "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie". 

When I told her about the storytelling sliders, she loved the idea, and thought it would be perfect for her "kinder kids", thus "Cookie Mouse" was born. 

Today's blog features my newest sliders, along with a fun FREEBIE. 

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptFirst up is the "Polar Bear What Do You Hear?" storytelling slider.  It’s one of my students' all-time favorite stories and perfect for practicing the “sequencing and retelling a story” standards, or introducing verbs and onomatopoeia to older students, as animals roar, hiss, snort and snarl.

I also use “Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” and “Brown Bear What Do You See?” when we’re studying the 5 senses.

If your kiddos are like mine, I know that they will enjoy making this hands-on craftivity, that will help them retell the story in the proper sequential order.

There are several bear options. I’ve included a large, full-page pattern for teachers, as well as a smaller, 2-on-a-page pattern for your students.

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptChildren color the story characters 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 bear’s “tummy window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their polar bear home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

Storytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension
I’ve included a “sequence the story” slider worksheet for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank strip.

I introduce the lesson by reading ”Polar Bear What Do You Hear?”, 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 slider.
I have them guess which animal 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 Polar Bear story slider of their own.

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptI’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers or other transitions.  

"Cookie Mouse"  follows the same format as the polar bear slider packet, but I've also inlcuded another idea, that will be included in any new story telling sliders that I create. 

storytelling sliders, pete the cat activities, polar bear what do you see activities, poloar bear crafts, if you give a mouse a cookie activities, mice crafts, mice activities, polar bear activities, brown bear what do you see activities, back to school writing prompts, back to school crafts, back to school icebreakers, selfie craft, selfie writing promptBesides assessing comprehension via making the "color, cut & glue" slider, or completing the "Here's What Happened" writing prompt, I designed a "Sequence the Story" worksheet. 

Children simply color, cut and glue the story element pictures to their worksheet in the correct order.  This way, teachers can read the story, have children make their slider, review the sequence with the craft, then assess comprehension with the worksheet.  

I'm currently working on a storytelling slider for The Very Busy Spider, and will be making one for "The Jacket I Wear In The Snow" as well.  I welcome requests for any other stories you'd like a slider for. They really are a super-fun way for students to practice those sequencing and retelling a story standards. 

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Today's featured FREEBIE is a sweet "My Selfie" packet.    Do you have your kiddos draw a self portrait during the first week of school?  Do you take a photograph of their first day?

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Well that's it for today. I have a very long "to do" list of errands, so time to put my zoom-zoom hat on and get cracking!  Wishing you a productive day.

"The best way to predict your future is to create it!" -Abraham Lincoln

1-2-3 Come Do Some Super-Fun End-of-the-Year Stuff With Me

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersMy students LOVE Laura Numeroff’s books: “If You Take A Mouse To School” and “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.”  With those stories in mind, I designed the “Nice Mice Advice” packet.

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersIt will help you check off some “To Do” activities for next year, with the help of this year’s kiddos!

The packet is loaded with fun end-of the-year activities that will keep your students happily engaged, while helping you make some special things for the fall.

There are 4 class-made “Advice” booklets for you to choose from.  
Pick one and have your students write advice to the in-coming children.  Collect & collate.  

 end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersThis year’s kiddos can share their page when you read the book aloud, then tuck it away to share with your new class in the fall. 

My personal favorite is the circle-shaped Cookie Book. 

It's a perfect go-along with the "If You Give A Mouse a Cookie" story, and includes advice from the teacher, principal and each student.  For that finishing touch, add a school photo.  I've included a sample page to help explain things to your kiddos.

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end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersThe other two class book options feature the creative clip art of Scrappin Doodles and D. J. Inkers. 

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Since a lot of advice has to do with following the rules, this is an interesting and fun way to present them.

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersCheck another thing off your list.  I've included a set of 25 "Advice Rules!" pocket chart cards that you can use as well, plus a blank set for you to program with whatever.

 end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersI've also included an advice definition poster incase your students are not familiar with this word, along with a sweet "If you give a kid some advice, they should take it." poster to start things off.

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersDo you give your students a little treat on the first day?  Cross that off your list too because I’ve included several “treats” they can make as well. 

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersThere is an assortment of bookmarks and a lollipop-nosed mouse: (“A sweet treat for someone they’d like to meet.”)
The bookmarks come in black and white, as well as full color.

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, bookmarks, rule postersThere are several for this year's kiddos, as well as one for them to color and give to the in-coming cuties, along with a sweet "peek over" mouse bookmark that you can make and use as a pointer when you read Numeroff's stories.

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersThe mouse, writing-prompt craftivity makes an adorable back-to-school bulletin board. so check that off your list as well. 

Simply run off the super-simple mouse pattern on a variety of colors of construction paper.

Students trim, fold the "head" section over and write some "nice mice advice" under the "flap". For that finishing touch, add some ears, wiggle eyes, a pom pom nose, and a yarn "tail".

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersThe packet also includes:

  • A “Hip Hip Hooray! We’ll follow the good advice each day” poster contract. Students feel important signing their name, which makes them more accountable too.
  • A “Tips and Tidbits” poster.  Review what students have learned and jot down the highlights.
  • 2 “If you take a mouse to school he’ll want to give you some advice!” posters. And . . .
  • A mouse, reading pointer bookmark craft.

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This 58-page packet is on sale in my TpT store for just $3.95.  Click on the link to pop on over to my shop.  I still can't believe that I have a little store.  Hopefully I'll make enough to help pay for all of the clip art and fonts that I buy!  That would definitely make my husband happy. 

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersAnd now for the FREEBIES  from this packet.  I've included the "Mice Advice" writing prompt mouse craft, several bookmarks, and a poster. Click on the link to grab them.

end of the year activities, activities for if you take a mouse to school, activities for if you give a mouse a cookie, Laura numeroff activities, advice for next years students, end of the year activities, end of the year crafts, end of the year bulletin boards, end of the year writing prompts, mice crafts, mice activities, back to school treats, back to school bulletin boards, back to school activities, rules for school, class made books, classroom rules, rule postersWell that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by. It's going to be in the 80's this afternoon, so it's time to take my grandbabies swimming. 

Wishing you a delightful day filled with everything you enjoy the most. 

"Sometimes you never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." -Unknown

 

 

 

 

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