What happens when you take a mouse to school? Check out this language packet to find out! This packet is a companion to the book, If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff. Included in this packet are activities that target sequencing, story retell and comprehension, basic language concepts, following directions, and more. The activities in this packet were created by Mindy Stenger, M.A., CCC-SLP (thespeechbucket.blogspot.com).
Pages 2 – 4 targets story sequencing. The larger pictures (pages 2-3) can be used for a classroom story board, or for individual students. The smaller pictures (page 5) are included on a worksheet. The students can cut them out, sequence the story at the top, re-tell it, and take it home. Parents would love to hear and see the story that you read with their kids during school!
Pages 5 – 8 targets story comprehension (and identifying the types of questions being asked - what, where, who, how). The first set (pages 5-6) asks a variety of questions without picture supports for responses. So students must think of the responses on their own (or look back in the book). The second set was made with picture supports. Each question has a choice of three responses (1 correct; 2 foil).
Page 9 targets picture identification and negation (is it a food, or NOT a food). This game board takes Mouse down a winding path of things he can eat and things he cannot eat. He needs help finding his lunch box, roll the dice and help him out! If you land on a food item you’re doing good…but if you land on something he can NOT eat, take a step back. My students love this one!
Pages 10 – 12 include a picture “BINGO” game…although you don’t need to call out the BINGO letters for this one! Give each student a card (pages 10-11) and have them listen to the items being called (you can call the item by name, or you can call an item by function e.g., “this is something we can write with”). If they cover 5 pictures they WIN! Page 12 can be used for a variety of things – you can cut out and place each picture card in a bucket (or paper bag), draw out one picture at a time, and have your students place a marker on their board as you call out the pictures. Or you can use this board as a receptive identification board for item and/or function (“show me the…”, or “point to the one we write with”), or as an expressive vocabulary board (What is this?))
This is one of my favorite lessons to do at the beginning of a new school year. My kids love it! (If you’d like to see more pictures or get more information – visit my blog at http://thespeechbucket.blogspot.com)
**REVISED 07/10/2013 - Added a blank game board (so you can use it as you need in therapy (language or articulation) and TWO writing prompt pages! The first page "If I could take any animal to school I would take a...", and the second page "My favorite animal is..."**