7.09.2013

Book of the Week: Moose and Mouse

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Moose and Mouse
Author: Mary Packard
Illustrator: Beth Weiner
Publisher: Dalmatian Press, 2011
Paperback, 48 pages
Reading level: 1 (K-1)




After writing this post I started hunting for some links to buy the book… It turns out that this book is a little harder to find than I thought! I scored my copy from the dollar section in Target (that’s right, ONE DOLLAR!), so check there first. Amazon has copies as well. 

I originally didn’t think this book was anything special – I bought it to add to the book bin in my car for the kiddos I babysit (5- and 8-years-old). However, a year later and the kids STILL won’t let me take it out of the bin! They have every word memorized and they read it daily. I got in trouble today because it wasn’t in my car since I had borrowed it to write this post! A book with that much appeal certainly deserves to be featured on my blog!

About the Book
Moose and Mouse is a classic book of opposites, with loveable pictures, rhymes, and a simple storyline. It is a very short read – Just 1-2 minutes for read aloud. The book describes the life and preferences of the characters Moose and Mouse – e.g., in the morning they have to decide light toast or dark? Should the cereal be cold or hot? In addition to introducing some antonyms, the book encourages conversation about daily activities (e.g., “I like light toast.” “I never eat cereal!”).

Uses in therapy
This would be a good book to read aloud to introduce the concepts of antonyms and rhyming– there are 12 pairs of antonyms and 11 pairs of rhyming words.

Antonyms
Rhymes
Work
Play
Mouse
House
Messy
Neat
Play
Way
Big
Little
Slob
Job
Large
Small
Little
Fiddle
Short
Tall
Tall
Small
Light
Dark
See
Agree
Cold
Hot
Hot
Not
In
Out
About
Out
Bottom
Top
Shop
Top
High
Low
Low
Below
Above
Below
More
Snore
Less
More



  • To use this book to elicit antonyms or rhymes, cover one of the words in each set with a post-it note (post-it flags are the perfect size) and have students “fill-in-the-blank” while you read the story. They love lifting up the post-it flaps to see if they were correct.
  • Have students go on an antonym hunt (or rhyme hunt) while reading through the book. The write down pairs as they go. For kiddos that can’t read, have them raise their hand to stop you whenever they hear a pair, then fill out the worksheet together. See here for my template for antonyms and rhymes.
  • Continue the story! Instruct the kids to create another page about Moose and Mouse using opposites. See here for my template
  • I’ve also made some flash cards that feature the illustrations from the book. I won’t share them here for copyright issues, but feel free to email me (ms.slp.b@gmail.com)
  • Keep the opposites fun going with my antonym flashcards! I cut them out, glued them to a piece of cardstock (coordinate background color with font color to make it easier to narrow down the pairs), then laminated. I keep them in order on a binder ring (this part is important unless you want to challenge your antonym ability by putting them back in order after every use!). Use as typical flashcards, or use in a game. For an easy small group game, put cards face up in the middle one at a time. The player who correctly names the antonym keeps the card. If one of the students needs a little longer to come up with the answer I will interrupt play a few times and say, “Okay, this one is just for [Jeremy]! Everyone else, keep your voices off.”



2 comments:

  1. I also picked this book up from Target!! I can't wait to use it in therapy this school year! Thanks for the blog post! Lots of ideas!

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  2. Such a find, right?! Thanks for reading! :)

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