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Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
5 mouse cutouts
masking tape
big plastic jar (optional)


1. Read the story Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Ask the children questions:
* How many mice were there?
* How many snakes?
* Why did the mice forget to be careful?
* What do you think they said to each other before they fell asleep?
* Where did the snake put them?
* Why did he catch them?
* How did the mice get away?
* What is another way they could have escaped?
2. Go to the first two full pages of the book and count the mice. Then turn to the
two-page illustration of mice tumbling from the jar (near the story's end) and
count them again.
3. Count the mouse cutouts slowly, touching them so the children can learn to
count using one-to-one correspondence. Put the mouse cutouts in the big jar,
shake it, and then spill out the mice.
4. Act the story out. Make a masking-tape circle on the rug to represent the jar.
Choose 10 children to be mice and one to be the snake.
Teacher - to - Teacher Tip
* Count the cutouts in Spanish: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho,
nueve, diez. Compare the Spanish counting words with English counting
Consider the following:
* Can the children count 10 objects in sequence? How many can they count?
* Can the children retell the story in the correct sequence?
Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Library/Book/ ABC Center
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Language
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Individual Child

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