"City Mouse and Country Mouse" is one of Aesop's fables. It tells the story of a country mouse who goes to visit his cousin who lives in the city. While the dinner is wonderful, they are continuously interrupted by a cat. The story teaches the moral that a quiet, peaceful live is better than a rich but dangerous life. Various ideas for kindergarten cross-curricular activities are based on "City Mouse and Country Mouse."
Other People Are Reading
Lead students in a retelling of "Town Mouse, Country Mouse" by Jan Brett. Retellings help develop students' reading comprehension skills. Start by reading the story to students at circle time. Download and print animal masks from the story at Brett's website. Mount the masks on craft sticks and have students hold them in front of their face. Allow students time to practice retelling the story in groups using the masks, then allow them to perform for the class.
Social Studies Activity
Use "City Mouse and Country Mouse" to teach about different types of communities. Prior to teaching the lesson, print pictures or cut out pictures that represent the terms "rural," "suburban" and "urban." Laminate the pictures. Read students a version of "City Mouse and Country Mouse." Introduce students to the terms "rural," "suburban" and "urban." If your school has access, show students the BrainPOP Jr. video titled "Rural, Suburban and Urban." Talk about the characteristics of each type of community. Assess students' knowledge by having them classify the pictures into the appropriate category.
Provide several kinds of cheese for students to sample. Check with your school nurse to ensure that your students do not have food allergies that would prevent them from eating cheese. Once students try all the kinds of cheese, introduce students to the surveys. Discuss how to take a survey. Make a tally chart of students' favourite types of cheese, then graph the results together as a class.
Instruct the students to investigate real mice. Begin by creating a K-W-L chart with three columns on chart paper. In the K column, have students tell everything they know about mice. In the W column, have them come up with a list of questions of things they would like to know about mice. Read non-fiction books together as a class. List all the things that students learnt in the L column of the chart.
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