listening to several mouse stories, but the mice in Miss
Renee's Mice by Elizabeth Stokes Hoffman were our favorites.
Miss Renee builds dollhouses and miniatures. When a big group of
barn mice take over a dollhouse, they disrupt her peace and
quiet! She tries to solves her noisy problem by building a tiny
ship for the mice and sends them on a vacation.
computer program that was new to our classroom,
Scholastic Keys, we wrote
about our mice going on a trip. Most students chose a warm,
sunny spot for swimming and surfing, but one mouse went to the
Olympics and won a medal for snowboarding! Another mouse
traveled to Mars.
We had the
program on only one classroom computer so some students are
still waiting their turn to create their picture and type their
story. Everyone used a traditional paper/pencil 4 square story
web to plan their writing and handwrite initial draft. This
project aligned well with our literacy and technology standards
and social studies transportation theme.
samples of our class work:
see more mouse tales and a list of books we used on this class
Standards: New Jersey Core Curriculum
Language and Literacy
Listen actively in a variety of situations to information from a
variety of sources.
Write in clear, concise, organized language that varies in
content and form for different audiences and purposes.
Read various materials and texts with comprehension and critical
View, understand, and use nontextual visual information.
National Educational Technology Standards
for Students. (NETS)
* Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing
technology-enhanced models, preparing publications, and
producing other creative works.
* Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support
lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and
* Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, interact with
peers, experts, and other audiences.