If you give a mouse a cookie, it’s the cause and effect of giving a mouse a cookie in the first place and then having to give the mouse more and more.
Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:
If you give a mouse a cookie could be used to show cause and effect and how things can change so quickly from one thing to the next. The teacher could have the students do a cause and effect and the sequence of events in the story.
Reading Level & Leveling System:
2.7; Second Grade Seventh Month
I would rate this book a 3 because it is a really cute book and it gives examples of sequencing and cause and effect would are both very useful tools for students to learn.
A little boy shares a chocolate chip cookie with an adorable mouse, unaware of the endless requests that will follow. The cookie leads the mouse to ask for a glass of milk, which leads him to ask for a straw, which leads him to ask for a napkin, and so on and so forth. The detailed illustrations in Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie bring the story to life and allow children to determine what is happening even if they are unable to read the words. The story is fun to watch unfold and children will certainly find humor in the silly requests being made by the mouse.
This book would be a great way to teach cause and effect. There are several examples found throughout the text, from beginning to end. It would also be the perfect story to practice sequencing. Students could use pictures to illustrate the sequential order of the events in the story.
Lexile Level: AD410L
Sharing your cookie with a hungry mouse couldn't cause any problems could it? Follow one boy as he share his cookie and then spends his entire day following the whims of his new friend. After a day of fulfilling the mouse's needs the boy might have an idea of what its like to be a parent.
Students can come up with other things the mouse might want and practice their writing skills. Multiple sequels make this series a great addition to your classroom library.