3-Minute Video About Connecting Students to a Treasured Novel Through Imagination, Courage, and Friendship
“The Mouse and the Motorcycle brings back so many joyful memories, as Beverly Cleary’s books helped shape my own reading life. Many teachers can share their own connections with their students as they share this treasure together.” —Shannon Langston
This week, introduce a new generation of readers to Ralph S. Mouse—the freewheeling daredevil star of Beverly Cleary’s beloved trilogy—with the book that started it all: The Mouse and the Motorcycle!
Readers of all ages can connect with Ralph because of his curiosity and love of adventure—as well as his tendency to make relatable mistakes.
Watch an exclusive teacher review video featuring Shannon Langston, an instructional coach and former third and fifth grade teacher, to discover how you can use this Book of the Week to:
• Explore Themes: Imagination, trust, friendship, and courage run through the story. Have a class discussion about when these themes appear in the book.
• Discover Vocabulary: Because the story was written in 1965, students and teachers have a wonderful opportunity to learn vocabulary in a historical context, such as what “phone operator” and “switchboard” mean.
• Write Creatively: Let your students use their imaginations by encouraging them to either write a continuation of The Mouse and the Motorcycle or an original story about a mouse who lives in their home.
• Analyze Characters: In the story, Ralph knows he’s made a mistake and is determined to earn back the trust of his friend Keith. Have a class conversation about how we all make mistakes from time to time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try our best to fix them or ask for forgiveness.
Try a classroom activity inspired by Shannon’s character analysis suggestion in this week’s Cooked Up from a Book.
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary
First Book in a Trilogy About Friendship, Trust, and Courage