Email the Town Mice
Email the Country Mice
Town Mouse Book
Addressing the Standards
Country Mouse Book
Debbie Coats and I have been "cyberbuddies" - Internet friends - for several years. We met through our websites and share a love of children, teaching, and technology. We both teach second grade, but in very different settings. Mrs. Coats teaches in a more rural setting in Wisconsin, while I teach in a very suburban one in Massachusetts. We often kid each other about our "city" and "country" lives. Through these online chats, the idea of a collaborative classroom project was born.
With many demands upon our time, the idea was put on the back burner until Susan Silverman came along with her Mouse Tales - a Collaborative Internet Project. This project provided the perfect catalyst for us to go forward with our original idea. Thanks for the inspiration, as always, Susan!
An important Social Studies concept for our students is the understanding of rural, suburban, and urban communities. The genre of fables, along with skills such as comparing and contrasting are important Literacy concepts. The Town Mouse Country Mouse Project seeks to address these concepts and others. Please join along with us in the fun!
We began our work by learning about what makes a story a fable.
We focused on the following elements of a fable:
After sharing Jan Brett's wonderful version, we used a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the Town Mouse and Country Mouse. Next we learned where our work would take us - our project!
Town Mouse Country Mouse Project Note: I used the following resource for this lesson -
Types of Communities. Step 1 - Our first job was to find the answers to some questions about our own town. Integrating Math, Science and Geography
Note: I used the following resource for this lesson -
Types of Communities.
Step 1 - Our first job was to find the answers to some questions about our own town.
Integrating Math, Science and Geography
Step 3 - Our next step was to draft a letter about ourselves, using the same questions that our country cousins would use. These were then typed in the Computer Lab using the Town Mouse Country Mouse E-Cards on Jan Brett's site and sent to Mrs. Coats' class. (BTW - We were THRILLED to receive our e-cards from our "Country Cousins" in Mrs. Coats' class!)
Step 4 - Writing Character Poems
Step 5 - Learning more about Mouse Town
Step 6 - Surprise Valentines
Step 7 - Comparing Ourselves to Our "Country Cousins"
Our country cousins' page about the project!
Bookmarks for Town Mouse Country Mouse
From Jan Brett's site - in black and white and ready to print
Town Mouse Country Mouse E-Cards
Send a Jan Brett electronic postcard to a friend!
Town Mouse Country Mouse Cards
Create a card to print out and send!
Character Masks for Town Mouse Country Mouse
Printable masks of characters from story - in color
Alphabet Page for Town Mouse Country Mouse
Printable b/w page to color
Resources from Jan Brett's Site
Jan Brett's site is LOADED with great resources
for her own beautiful version of this fable.
Town Mouse Country Mouse Web Project
Great ideas for integrating this book throughout the curriculum.
Town Mouse Country Mouse
Online version for the children to read - with speech component
Town Mouse Country Mouse - Graded Reader Online Reading
Another online story to read - a good "eager" reader version of the story
Baldwin Project Version
Yet another online version
What's great about this one is you can customize the display!
Venn Diagram for Book
Shows Country and Town Living
Types of Communities
Lessons on Rural, Suburban, and Urban with accompanying resources
Where Was the Mouse?
Using the Core Map, students learn about rural and urban communities
Great pictures and chart
All of the above accompany this lesson
Based upon the Illinois quarter,
but has a very good Venn diagram that could be used for this project,
plus an interesting look at the rural/urban concept
Town Mouse Country Mouse Resources and Clipart
Limited, but does have a Readers' Theater of the story
Brief background on Aesop and resources for several fables
Country Mouse Makes a Decision!
A very good (and age appropriate) lesson in Economics using this story
Also includes an online version of the story and interactive cost/benefit chart
Town Mouse Country Mouse
This series of lessons was written for preschool,
but can easily be adapted for other grades
A Version to Print Out
Pages 1-16 story, pages 17-23 reading questions and activities
The following are Kindergarten units on mice.
All have valuable resources on the topic,
and can be adapted to most grade levels
Mice Are Nice Unit at Kindergarten Treehouse
Mice Theme at Step by Step Childcare
Mouse Tails Page/Webset
Great mouse graphics/clipart from Caleb's Corner
Here are some specific cross-curricular skills addressed by this project, followed by those of the Massachusetts frameworks.|
Reading and Literature Strand
Math - Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability - Grades 1–2 Learning Standards
Students engage in problem solving, communicating, reasoning, connecting, and representing as they:
2.D.2 Organize, classify, represent, and interpret data using tallies, charts, tables, bar graphs, pictographs, and Venn diagrams; interpret the representations.
2.D.3 Formulate inferences (draw conclusions) and make educated guesses (conjectures) about a situation based on information gained from data.