Laura Numeroff language arts unit


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Vocabulary: trim - cut off; fluff - shake something

If You Give a Pig a Pancake

Vocabulary: homesick - feeling sad when thinking about home if you are away for a long time; wallpaper - paper that is hung on a wall, instead of using paint to decorate

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Vocabulary: jam - jelly; clothesline - rope that clothes are hung on to dry after being washed

If You Give a Dog a Do-nut

Vocabulary: home run - in baseball, hit a ball and run around all the bases without stopping; bandana - large piece of fabric, worn on head or around neck

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

Vocabulary: beach - sand that leads to the water of an ocean or lake; pail - bucket

Below are two videos that can be viewed instead of reading aloud


Ella's Kitchen The Cook Book

Vocabulary: thawed - warm up something, becomes unfrozen; cup, tablespoon, teaspoon, ounce - unit of measurement for food and cooking

Comprehension Activities

By reading and listening to the five books by Laura Numeroff students will be able to recall and sequence the events from the story.


Prior to beginning the writing prompt, students can practice forming compound words that were found in the books to use in their writing.

Opinion Writing Prompt. Students would pick one of the following prompts: Would you give the moose a muffin? Would you give the pig a pancake? Would you give the mouse a cookie? Why or why not?

Plan: Divide the class into three groups based on their prompt choices. The students will work together to look over the pictures in their respective book to see the outcome of giving the animal the baked good. They will each brainstorm and decide their opinion individually.

Draft: Students will each receive a piece of lined paper or graphic organizer to write brainstorm and create a draft on.

Revise: When students have completed their draft, they will present their drafts to the teacher who will make suggestions.

Edit: Children will work on revised copy. They will edit spelling, sentence fluency, and grammar.

Publish: Once they have completed the draft, they will receive an organized worksheet to write their final draft. Students will create an illustration to go along with their writing.

Expository Writing: Create a recipe for your favorite dessert mentioned in the readings.

Narrative Writing: If I gave my pet _____ they would do _____, ______, and ______.

Speaking (Oral Language)

Plays: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Break students into pairs, and trios and assign parts

Visual Representation

Think back to "If You Give a Dog a Donut" and draw what the mouse asked for in the correct sequence.


Watch the attached video:


QR Code Read Aloud Center: Use the iPad to scan the codes presented, and listen to the story read aloud!

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Kristin Fothergill

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