a house for a mouse

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Target text

Objective

Read and write words spelled with the ou vowel combination.

 

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • mouse
  • house
  • found
  • couch
  • round
  • blouse
  • ground

Materials:

  • Picture of a mouse*
  • Pattern for making a paper blouse*
  • Word-building cards*
  • A Blouse for a Mouse target text*
  • A House for a Mouse target text*
  • I Made a House for a Mouse target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
The children will help a mouse find a blouse and a house and will then read and write words with -ou, such as house, blouse, mouse, ground, and couch.

Literacy Activities
Choose a blouse for a mouse

  • Show the children the pattern for a blouse (found below) that a paper mouse can wear.
  • Have the children draw, copy, or trace the blouse pattern.  
  • Have the children write the word blouse on the paper blouse.
  • Let the children fit their blouses on the picture of a mouse (found below).

Draw a house for a mouse

  • Let the children draw a house for a mouse that includes:
    • A couch
    • A door for the mouse to go in and out of
    • A blouse
    • A round window
  • Have the children write “A house for a mouse.” on the drawing.
  • Let the children cut out the door so the mouse can go in and out.
  • Make comments about the house: 
    • The mouse found a house.
    • The mouse can go in and out of the house.
    • The mouse can put on her blouse in the house.
    • The house has a couch.
    • The house has a round window.
    • The mouse is proud of her house!

More Practice
Build words
With word-building cards (found below), have the children make new words.

  • Change the beginning consonant(s): house→ mouse; found→ ground
  • Change the ending consonant(s): count→ couch; mouse→ mouth; house→ hound

Read target words in texts 

  • Engage the children in reading the A House for a Mouse target text (found below) with you.
  • Have the children make a list of the -ou words found in the text.
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Repeat with the I Made a House for a Mouse target text (found below).

Read about the mouse who has a blouse

  • Read the A Blouse for a Mouse text with the children.
  • Place paper blouses under a pretend couch.

Write about the activity using target words and patterns

  • Let the children write words from dictation (e.g., house, blouse, mouse, round, found, ground, hound, count, couch, mouth).
  • Have the children write about the mouse finding a blouse under a couch in her house (e.g., “I found a blouse and a house for the mouse. The mouse found a blouse under her couch. The mouse found her blouse after looking around.”).

SEEL Target Texts

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A Blouse for a Mouse

I heard a sound in my house.
It was a small sound, not a loud shout.
I scouted around and found a mouse under the couch.
I found out that the mouse wanted a blouse.
So I found a blouse for the mouse.
I found a blouse that fit the mouse.
Then the mouse flounced around the house in the blouse.  
 
I found a blouse for the mouse! 
The mouse was proud of her blouse!

A House for a Mouse

I met a mouse who needed a house.
I scouted around for a house for the mouse.
 
I found a house—a hole in the ground.
But the mouse did not want a house in the ground.
That house made her pout and shout.
She did not want that house.
 
I found a house with a tree sprouting out.
But the mouse did not want a tree in her house.
That house made her pout and shout.
She did not want that house. 
 
I found an outhouse.
But the mouse did not want a bad smell in her house.
That house made her pout and shout.
She did not want that house.
 
I found a bounce house.
But the mouse did not want to bounce in her house.
That house made her pout and shout.
She did not want that house.
 
Finally, I found a perfect house for a mouse.
 
The mouse was proud of her house.
The mouse loved her new house!
I even got a couch for the mouse.
It’s like no other house for a mouse.

I Made a House for a Mouse

One day, I heard a loud shout.
My mom had found a mouse in the couch!
Our couch was not a good house for a mouse.
The mouse needed a new house.
I scouted around for a house for the mouse.
 
I found a box to make into a house.
I cut out a round window.
I cut out a door. 
I went out and put the house on the ground. 
The mouse went in and out.
The mouse looked out the round window.
The mouse loved her new house!
Finally, the mouse had a perfect house.
 
Now, we need to find a couch for the mouse’s new house . . .

Printouts

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.B: Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.

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