Old Favorites: Reread charts/poems from previous stories
Prior Knowledge: Bring in a box of crackers and a package of cheese to share with students. Show the packages to the students and let them tell you what they notice about each (type of food, product name, certain letters, etc.) Have students help set up plates, napkins, and cups and to serve the snack. Encourage students to nibble on their snack as they believe a mouse would.
New Story: Ask students 'What is your favorite snack? How do you make it? Are you able to fix it without adult help? What do you do with your plate, napkin, or cup when you are finished eating your snack?'
Introduce the title and author of the new story. Have students look at the cover and discuss what type of snack the mouse might like. Take a picture walk through the story, stopping before last page, letting students point out and name the types of food shown.; Read aloud for enjoyment and to see how story ends.
After reading , ask students to share what they think might happen the next morning as the people who live in the house come down and see the big mess.
Story: Reread for enjoyment. Read again, letting students mask certain letters in the story. Introduce a song about another hungry mouse who needs the students help - 'Hungry Mouse.'
I'm a little hungry mouse.
(Adapted from Spring Phonemic Awareness Songs and Rhymes
Place the lunch box cut out over a pocket chart. Let students choose food picture cards that begin with the same sound the mouse sang about into the pocket chart lunchbox. Repeat, using a different sound as your focus.
Predictable Chart: Explain to students that during the week they will get to make their own mouse. Explain that their mouse will only like foods that start with a certain letter - just like the Hungry Mouse. Their mouse will like foods that start with the same letter that their name begins with. Let students help each other brainstorm possible foods each of their mice could like. For example, Peter's mouse could like peas, pizza, pancakes, etc. Then write one of them on chart paper. For example, " Peter's mouse likes pizza." Complete a few sentences each day either as a class or in smaller groups depending on how much adult help you have available. Reread each sentence tracking the print.
Companion Rhyme: Introduce the companion nursery rhyme 'Hickory Dickory Dock' in which there is another mouse in a house. Read aloud for enjoyment. Let students brainstorm reasons why the mouse might have ran up and then down the clock.
Companion Rhyme: Reread the companion nursery rhyme 'Hickory Dickory Dock.' Introduce the interactive chart and let students change the numbers (1-12), hands on the clock , and write in the numbers on the digital clock so that they match.
Story: Reread Mouse Mess, letting students quietly touch their mouth each time they hear a certain sound in the story.
Predictable Chart: Complete the writing of the predictable chart in which students think of foods that begin with the same letter that their name starts with. ( _____'s mouse likes ____.) Reread each sentence tracking the print.
Story: Reread Mouse Mess, having students listen for the rhyming words.
Companion Rhyme: Reread companion nursery rhyme 'Hickory Dickey Dock' (choral reading ½ class). Read the expanded version of the rhyme in The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock by Jim Aylesworth. Afterwards, see if students can share some of the rhyming words that they heard.
Predictable Chart: Have each child reread his/her sentence, tracking the print. Model how to place each word in the correct order at the top of the page and then to draw a picture of the food mentioned in their sentence Let students attach their previously made mice to their paper.
Companion Rhyme: Reread companion nursery rhyme 'Hickory Dickory Dock.'
Story: Reread the story, pausing for students to fill in words.
Take Home: Read aloud Mouse's Lunch (below). Have students brainstorm other items mouse could munch. Make a list for students to see using words and drawings. As a class decide on 5 items for the mouse to eat. Circle these and write numerals next to them. Model for students how to make their own Mouse's Lunch booklets making sure to look for the next number needed and drawing that many of that particular food. Reread as a class and then students take home the booklet to share with their families over and over!
Related Read Aloud Stories/Poems
Focus Story: Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
I think mice
Their tails are long.
Their ears are pink.
They nibble things
But I think mice
Five Little Mice
Five little mice
The first mouse found a cookie crumb.
The second mouse found some bread.
The third mouse said,
The fourth mouse saw
The fifth mouse yelled,
Possible Cross Curricular Connections
Music/Movement: Act out the poems 'Three Blind Mice' and 'Five Little Mice.'
Cooking: Make an edible Munchy Mouse !
Mice are Nice -mouse unit from Addie Gaines