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Online Story Time >
Morris Special Day
This is a funny a delightful online story that all ages will enjoy.  This young farmer is frantic!  He has "lost" his beloved pet Morris the Mouse.  Children will not know who is Morris until the end of the story. Let's go and find out where is he "hiding."  In the process we are going to meet a bird, a bear, a dog, a horse and a sheep and Morris, the "lost" mouse.  What's more we are going to find out how to say these animal words in Spanish just for fun!

To do before activities:
Before reading the story print out these coloring pages to use on a board or felt board for later discussion off line.
1.  Print bearbird , dogsheep, horse and mouse to make felt board characters.  Idea:  print directly to color paper (different colors).
2.  Print the same animals mentioned to help the children make a coloring book.
  
2.  Morris, the Mouse:  Print this mouse activity set in color or coloring format
Cut the large mouse template will be used to make a mouse hat with paper headband.  The children will be Morris.  Practice letter Mm and write M is for Mouse in the small rectangular card.  The small oval can be attached to a pencil for a pencil decoration and practice tracing letter M mouse with this printable activities and worksheet.
     
**The black and white version is a better choice so children can color the images the same color as the ones in the online story or print directly onto construction paper of the desired color.

Activity #1:  Online Story time:  Morris Special Day
1.  Read the story and allow the children to use the computer mouse to move to the next page
 The children will learn or practice the names of animals and will get a brief and fun introduction to a few fun words in Spanish.

2.  Sequencing:  Using the animal coloring pages you printed previously, ask the children if they can remember in which order did the animals appear in the story.  As the children answer place the animal image on the board or felt board and write the name of the animal on the body template with a marker.  Continue until all animals have been identified.

3.  Discuss the colors of each animal.  If the images are black and white at this point the children can color and decorate them.

3.  Discuss:  Where was Morris?  Was he lost?  Discuss and practice letter Mm.  Distribute the small mouse card with the Mm is for Mouse written on it.  

4.  Using the same images have the children try to isolate which animals live on the farm and   which animals don't live on the farm but are wild.

Activity #2:  Mouse Activity Set:  Make a Hat and Practice letter Mm is for Mouse
Make a cute Headband Mouse Hat.  Cut a piece of paper in 1 1/2" to 2" strips (3 strips) and tape to form a long headband.  The children can color the large mouse image and glue the  image to the center of the head band.  Help adjust the band around the children head and tape in place.   Write the word Mouse in the small rectangular card and cut the small oval image and glue a craft stick to make a hand puppet. 
Read the story online one more time with the hats on! 

Activity #3:  Animals Coloring Book 
The children can assemble a coloring book with the coloring pages for the animals mentioned in the story.   Make sure to write the names of each animal and include the first letter inside the image to reinforce letter recognition.  Help the children staple the pages.

Activity #4:  Farmer > Community Helper
The farmer is presented in this story.  Discuss the responsibilities and importance of the farmer, visit these related activities.  Which of the animals in the story are animals that a farmer would raise in a farm, which ones could be pets?  Which animal does not belong in the farm and why? 


Letter M Mouse printable activities

Coloring pages for felt board characters: 
bear bird , dogsheep, horse and mouse

Craft > Mouse activity set:

color
black and white





*printer
*paper or construction paper
*tape
*something to color with
*scissors
*stapler

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