You’ll enjoy teaching The Mouse and the Motorcycle with great ideas.
Amanda Hutson had this wonderful teaching idea. Here’s the description of her project.
“Reading came to life for Mrs. Hutson’s third-grade class when ROOM SERVICE showed up at “The Mountain View Inn”. After reading the book, The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary, students watched the movie and compared and contrasted the two. During the movie, ROOM SERVICE, a central focus of the novel, made a surprise visit with the very same food Keith brought to Ralph in the book- bacon, toast, and jelly! Reading is so much fun in third grade!!”
Using Youtube Videos
Below are four different videos to help teach Common Core Standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.7.
#1 ~ Hear the book read in a series of Youtube videos.
#2 ~ Watch the movie.[in 4 parts ~ Each part is approximately 10 minutes in length.]
#3 ~ Learn how to draw the Mouse and the Motorcycle. [9 minutes 36 seconds in length]
#4 ~ Watch a drama version of The Mouse and the Motorcycle.[8 minutes in length]
Additional Resources on the Web
- Step-by-Step Directed Mouse Drawings
- Coloring Page
- Doughnut Hole Mice
- Mouse Craft from Chenille Stems and Popsicle Sticks
Here are a few sample pages from The Mouse and the Motorcycle Interactive Notebook and Activity Unit.
Even though The Mouse and the Motorcycle was published in 1965, I had never read it until about a year ago. I was working with a teacher who ability grouped her students. During a 45-minute period on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the special ed teacher took a third of the class, I took a third, and she worked with the remaining third. During this 45-minute period, we practiced vocabulary, worked on comprehension skills, and read wonderful books.
As I walked my group of students down the hall to my classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the students excitedly filled me in on the portion of the story I had missed. I was amazed by their animated voices as they spoke of Ralph’s adventures. This book was magic! I immediately added creating a book unit for The Mouse and the Motorcycle to my “to-do” list. Here is the result. You can download a free sample of the unit by clicking on the image below.