- Reading, Writing
- 95 minutes
Using their imaginations, your students will build houses for pretend mice and tell you all about them. This lesson is perfect for young, creative learners.
Students will be able to work cooperatively on simple tasks.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Put all the blocks on the table or floor.
- Invite the students over. Tell them that they will be building a house for a mouse today. Ask them what they think they will be using to build the house.
- Tell them that they will be using play dough and blocks.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)
- Tell them they can stack the blocks using the play dough in between.
- Another word for stack is layer. Show them the concept word strip. Have them repeat the word “layer.”
- Explain that a sandwich can be layered: bread, mustard, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and then another piece of bread. When items are laid one on top of another, it is called layered.
- Read the story I Can Cooperate. Show students the concept word strip. Have them repeat the word “cooperate.”
- Explain that when the children worked together in the book, they cooperated with each other. Tell them to work together and cooperate when they build their mouse house.
- Read the story If You Take a Mouse to School. Tell students that on the way to the lunchroom, the mouse saw some building blocks. He decided to layer the blocks to make a little mouse house, and he made some furniture out of clay.
- Ask, “What is furniture?” Show the concept word strip and have the students repeat it.
- Explain that we use furniture in our home to sit on, sleep on, and eat on. Point out the furniture in your room.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Have an open discussion. Guide the children to listen to each other as they talk and make sure everyone has a turn to share. Ask how the mouse in the story looks in the home he has made. Ask each student what things make them feel happy at their house.
- Hand out the pretend mice (picture or plastic). Ask what it means to pretend. Show the concept word strip.
- Explain that pretend is not real. We can pretend to cook at the play kitchen or pretend to be a dog.
- Explain that mice cannot really build a house with blocks and clay. This is just pretend and the mouse they are using in their activity is pretend.
- Ask the students what they like to pretend to do or be.
Independent Working Time (35 minutes)
- Hand out a sheet of paper and some crayons to each student.
- Ask the students to draw a picture of the mouse in his house.
- Encourage them to each write their name on the back of their picture. For children who need guidance, write their name in yellow marker and have them trace it.
- When they are done, have each student tell you about their picture and write their words on the picture.
- As the students finish the drawing activity, instruct them to cooperate with each other and use the blocks and play dough to make a house and furniture for their mouse. They can build together or separately, but they have to share the blocks and play dough.
- Compliment the children who are cooperating and being kind.
- As they are creating, ask them to tell you about all the parts of the house they are building for their mouse. Encourage the use of the concept words.
- Enrichment: For students who need a challenge, provide them with a copy of the Build and Count worksheet to complete.
- Support: Guide struggling students during discussions.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Observe the children during discussion and use a class list to write down comments each child makes.
Review and Closing (15 minutes)
- Take a picture of each building with the students who created it.
- Ask them to tell you about their creations. Review the concept word strips and use them when commenting on each student’s building.
- Print out the pictures and make a book for the students to look at with their comments and the pictures they drew.