Ms. Johnston shared the book If You Give a Mouse A Cookie with our preschool children. She chose this book to teach how to make predictions on what is going to happen next in the story. Even though the book can be a little long for this age group, the pictures are wonderful and allowed the students to use “picture clues” to make those predictions. They loved interacting with the little mouse in the story. They first read the story, using an oversized big book, with a small group of students.
Focusing on important parts helped them to problem solve and predict what comes next. For example, "If you give a mouse a cookie, he is going to ask for a glass of milk, and then he needs a straw to drink his milk, and then he has a milk moustache so he needs a________." Students were excited to think of words that matched what was happening in the pictures and to play with the mouse puppet.
Using manipulatives such as pictures of a cookie, a glass of milk, straw, napkin, book, bandana, picture, pen, and tape help them with remembering and retelling the story. The students were excited to make their own mouse puppets, using white paper bags and an assortment of paint colors.
As a culminating activity the students used the puppets to ask "May I have a cookie and a glass of milk?"
What an exciting way for students to use and practice their language skills with their very own puppet!