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Town Mouse, Country Mouse Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Town Mouse, Country Mouse will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of stengths and challenges, this Town Mouse, Country Mouse picture book by Jan Brett is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with Town Mouse Country Mouse Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Town Mouse, Country Mouse. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Town Mouse, Country Mouse reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

TOWN MOUSE COUNTRY MOUSE SUMMARY

Jan Brett’s book, Town Mouse, Country Mouse, tells the story about two mice that decide to switch places. The town mouse dreams of taking a vacation in the country where he and his wife can eat wild blackberries and the sun shines everyday. They decide to leave the town and head into the country for a picnic. Meanwhile, the country mouse and his wife are tired from searching for food and avoiding the wild animals.

When two sets of mice meet out in the country, they decide to switch homes! Each set of mice looks forward to life in their new home, thinking things will be much better for them. However, they quickly realize the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. The town mouse struggles with wild animals and unpredictable weather out in country while the country mice learn finding food in the town is not as easy as they imagined.

One night, both the country mouse and town mouse find themselves faced with danger. The country mouse and his wife run home after being chased by a cat. The town mouse and his wife run home after being chased by an owl. Both sets of mice are relieved to be back home where they know what to expect.

TOWN MOUSE, COUNTRY MOUSE LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Town Mouse, Country Mouse, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Town Mouse, Country Mouse reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing character
  • analyzing setting
  • comparing and contrasting
  • point of view
  • summarizing / retelling

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • strengths and challenges

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • shades of meaning
  • punctuation
  • commas
  • apostrophe

TOWN MOUSE, COUNTRY MOUSE ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Town Mouse Country Mouse book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Town Mouse, Country Mouse?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD630L
  • Guided Reading Level: 0
  • DRA Level: 34
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.5

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Jan Brett. It was illustrated by Jan Brett.

What genre is Town Mouse, Country Mouse?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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