Mrs. Soto's First Grade Computer Class
Greenwich Country Day School
Greenwich, Connecticut
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

In the computer lab we read If you Give a Mouse a Cookie with Mrs. Soto and Pinky, the mouse (puppet) to the First Graders. The children loved the story. We discussed the story and circlular plan of the story. We also talked about some of the similar stories that Laura Numeroff has also written including If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake.

Then we used Timeliner and entered the items requested by the mouse. Time constraints caused one class to abbreviate the number of items they were able to add to the timeline, but they all enjoyed making the timeline. They added a graphic scanned from an illustration in the book.

Understanding where events are in the passage of time is an important concept for young children to understand. We regularly use Timeliner to help the students understand the passage of time during preparation for Thanksgiving or the December holidays. This story was an ideal time to revisit both the concept of time and the Timeliner application.

Because the First Grade enjoyed the mouse activities so much, we decided to use the book with the Kindergarten classes. Pinky, the mouse, again helped Mrs. Soto read the story to the classes. The children were learning to use the drawing tools in Kid Pix, and we worked with the circle tool and the curvy line to draw our own gray mice. They children loved creating their mice.

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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 productivity.
 * Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.


�  Susan Silverman2006