Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse Activities

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
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  1. Leo Lionni is a wonderful children's author for second and third graders, and it's great to have grab and go materials. This bundle includes before/during/after activities for each of the titles below to make an author study easy to implement. TITLES INCLUDED:FrederickSwimmyFish is FishA Color of Hi
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Learning Objective

The students will read and analyze the text using the following reading skills: making predictions, context clues, story elements, story retelling, making comparisons, character traits, making inferences, and writing about reading.


Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni is a sweet book of friendship. It is best suited for second to third grade students, and this Common Core aligned and comprehension focused unit includes before/during/after activities for guided reading groups, partners, mentor text lessons, and writing opportunities.

Activities include:

◼️I Know, I See, I Wonder (prereading)


◼️Vocabulary page and word cards for modeling

◼️Story Elements Anchor Chart

◼️Story Elements Organizer

◼️Concept Sort

◼️Questioning Page

◼️Character Analysis

◼️Making Inferences Anchor Chart

◼️My Inference (favorite scene)

◼️Comparing Leo Lionni’s Books

◼️Writing in Response to Reading

◼️Class Book Cover

◼️Writing page for Alexander’s New Friend

◼️What’s Close to Alexander’s Heart

20 pages total

This unit works well with literature circles or with partners in Daily 5. If you like the format of this unit or Leo Lionni's other books, be sure to check out the additional Leo Lionni titles available including Frederick, Fish is Fish, and Swimmy.

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Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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