After discussing that the mouse in the story is fictitious, suggest to the students that they are now going to explore real mice. Make a chart with columns showing: 1) What we know about mice; 2) What we want to know.
Mice are born alive.
Mother takes care of the young.
Mice can be good pets.
Mice can be pests.
Mice eat a variety of food.
Mice have enemies.
Students will research through books, the Internet, and pictures as well as asking people who have pet mice.
As a group, fill in the chart with information. On another chart ,display words that describe the things that mice do: squeak, nibble, scratch, scurry, skitter, gnaw. Choose four of these words and write a sentence for each one.
Provide booklets in the shape of a mouse for the students to write stories, telling what they know about mice. Encourage the students to use the charts to help with spelling.
Ask students if they have heard the expression "As quiet as a mouse"? What do they think it means? Can they think of any more similes? - as sly as a fox, as wise as an owl.
Use pictures of mice and their tails for math activities - measuring tails, ordering the mice by size, and so on.