If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Author Sandra Blanco
Grade Level K-2

Lesson Plan Description
Creative Drama with Literature Arts. For 2nd grade We started the class on manners and politeness prior to this lesson. Starts with a relaxation leading to a warm-up. Then reading the book to the class. Followed by choral reading from the class then a cool down. Students loved it!

Primary Learning Objective(s):
Encourages reading, vocal variety and a song for group unity.

Additional Learning Objective(s):
  • Students will improve oral interpretations and speech improvements.
  • Students will have the opportunity to enhance listening skills.
  • Students will familiarize themselves with the names of their classmates.
  • Students will exercise gross motor skills.
  • Students will develop concentration and imagination skills.
  • Students will enhance cognition by recalling events from the story.
  • Students will practice English rhythm and intonation.
  • Students will have fun!


Music (first song is to relax the students, second song is to encourage the imagination of the students to possibly see a mouse running around, though it does not have to be a mouse)

Warm-up Activity:  
Action Song – Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?

Read the book:  
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Main Activity:  

Choral Reading – Antiphony

Divide the class into two groups, make two straight lines facing each other

Hand out the story with the highlighted lines. Remind the students to read ONLY the lines highlighted on the page they have.

Encourage vocal variety!

Cool-down Activity:  

Statue: Choose a position (or a few positions) of the mouse or the boy that is in the book. At the count of three, the children will become a statue of the mouse or the boy.  This can be repeated a couple times until the group is calm.

  • Music
  1. The Great Composers: Tchaikovsky.
  2. Violin Concerto In D Major: Finale performed by The Northstar Chamber Orchestra
  • Angels Kiss “The Poet Speaks” by Tommy Greer
  • A cookie jar (or picture of a cookie jar)
  • A stuffed mouse (or picture of a mouse or a puppet of a mouse)
  • Book:  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • Handouts of the story with the highlighted lines 

Assessment Guidelines:
  • Visual Assessment
  • Watch the children  as they read out loud in the choral reading to assess each child's reading and understanding of the instructions. 
  • Follow-up lesson can include sequencing the story (Math) and making cookies (measuring ingredients). Then, I assess on a spreadsheet each child's ability to sequence and measure.


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