Mrs. Baker's Kindergarten Class
St. Joseph School
Kingston, New York
Mice and Beans


We read the book Mice and Beans by Pam Munoz Ryan

It is about Rosa Maria who believes "When there's room in the heart, there's room in the house, except for a mouse." Can some clever mice who live in her house help change her mind?

This story reminded us of a favorite poem    

I Think Mice are Nice by Rose Fyleman

I think mice
Are rather nice.
Their tails are long,
Their faces small,
They haven't any
Chins at all.
Their ears are pink,
Their teeth are white,
They run about
The house at night.
They nibble things
They shouldn't touch
And no one seems
To like them much.

But I think mice
Are nice.


We took these ideas and created our own sentences with:

�I think _____ are rather _____.�

Using an attachment to Microsoft WORD from Scholastic Keys, MaxWrite, the students each wrote their sentence and chose clip art to illustrate it.

 Below are a few samples

I think spiders are rather mean. ~ Caitlin

I think penguins are rather waddly. ~ Jair

I think spiders are rather webby. ~ Quillan

I think mice are rather naughty. ~Elaina

We used tally marks to show whether or not we liked mice.

Then we turned this information into a pie graph using Microsoft Spreadsheet.

New York State Standards

Language Arts
Be able To communicate through pictures and print
To learn/use new words from books
To learn/use new vocabulary to talk about life experiences
To listen attentively to books read aloud
To share thoughts on books and personal experiences

Technology � Computer Technology
Be able to use the computer as a tool for generating ideas

�  Susan Silverman2006