Author: Laura Numeroff

5-Year-Olds Predictable Text

If you take a mouse to school, he’ll ask you for your lunchbox. When you give him your lunchbox, he’ll want a sandwich. That little mouse is never satisfied! You and your child will enjoy this humorous story, with lively illustrations, about a little boy’s first day of school with his mischievous little mouse.

Before, During and After Reading

Letter Knowledge and Print Awareness

Read the title of the book and the names of the author and illustrator.

Oral Language

Ask your child to make some predictions about what the mouse might do when he gets to school.



Oral Language

As you read the story, use picture clues to guide discussions. Talk about where the mouse is and what mischief he is getting into on each page.

Go over new vocabulary. As you come across words that may be new to your child, reread the text that contains the unfamiliar words. Provide a brief definition of the words. Some words that might be new to your child include: locker, experiment, math.

Beginning Writing

What will your child ask for if you take him to school? Find out with this writing activity. At the top of a piece of paper, print If you take ME to school, I will ask for ___________. Find out what your child would ask for as you print it on the line. Ask your child to draw a picture to go along with his request.

Explore other recommended children's books and reading activities for five-year-olds, or take the Reading BrightStart! Preschool Reading Screener. The screener can help you determine if your child is on the path to reading readiness, and provides a free plan for moving forward.