And it'd be super easy to cash it in this week and print off some Christmas color by number and busy worksheets and call it teaching.
But fluff stuff for the sake of fluff stuff is just not how I roll! It's a waste of my kids' time, a waste of paper, and just flat out boring to this teacher!
We started off reading the book and retelling the story, just as we did with the other fables.
Then, we reread the story and talked about wants and needs. We charted what wants and needs mean and then after we read the story, discussed what wants and needs the mice had in the story. (I did not add any of the wants and needs picture cards until later...)
Students worked with partners or alone depending on preference to sort the wants and needs of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.
Then, we checked them together (notice the checkmarks and stars on this kiddo's work!) and I added the correct picture cards to our chart.
The next day, we extended this activity by writing about students' own wants and needs for Christmas....
I love activities like this that are Christmas friendly and fun, but still substantial in content!