If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Laura Joffe Numeroff's humorous book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie tells the story of a demanding mouse and the child who deals with him. This lesson includes activities and resources to go with the book.
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator)


If You Give a Mouse a CookieIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a wonderful tale of a boy who tries to meet the demands of a very needy mouse. Young readers will come away smiling at the mischief in this delightful picture book.

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Enrichment Activities
Internet Resources

Enrichment Activities

  • Card Games
    Make a card game by drawing the objects the mouse demands on file cards. If the students make duplicate pictures, they can play "Go Fish" or "Concentration."
  • Charades
    Students can play charades to act out the parts of the story.
  • Class Collage
    Assign each child to draw or paint a picture of one of the things the mouse demands. Make a class collage of the pictures, or arrange the pictures in sequential order so your students can retell the story using those images.
  • If You Give...
    Read the author's sequels to this story: If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Compare the three books. Your students can then make a picture chart reflecting the similarities and differences between them. They can also use this comparison chart graphic organizer to organize their thoughts and ideas.
  • Scavenger Hunt
    Host a scavenger hunt to locate the objects that the mouse demands in the story. Here is an example of a scavenger hunt that may help you organize the game.
  • Story Sequel
    Write a sequel to the story using a different animal and sequence of events. (For example, If You Give a Chimp Some Chips, If You Give a Dog a Bone, etc.) Have your students write their stories in an accordion-folded pop-up art book that they create. They can also include illustrations.

Internet Resources

If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Grade Levels: Primary, Intermediate
The activities, discussion ideas, and related book suggestions come from Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Grade Levels: Primary
Printable coloring pages and a quiz.

A Visit with Laura Numeroff
Grade Levels: Primary, Intermediate
An interview with this award-winning author gives insight into her books and style.

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