The Country, the City and Two Different Mice

One of our school annual projects is working crosscurricular in our EFL/ ESL classes.

So, these are some of the activities we did at school while reading The Town and the Country Mouse

We ..
  • made predictions. The kids looked at the cover of the book and told what they think the story would be about. 
  • went on a picture walk through the book. We didn't read the text, just looked at each picture and told what they thought is happening in each picture.
  • colored the cover of our folder. 
  • pretended to drive a car, a plane, a ship 
  • made some traffic light cookies using M&M's 
  • sorted transports by air/land/water 
  • read different versions of the story 
  • used the vocabulary cards to review and practice vocabulary
  • used the necklace to recall the events of the story.
  • reviewed some irregular plurals such as mouse/mice 
  • sorted the words by beginning sounds, syllables, short or long words 
  • compared the country and the city. I gave my kids a list of activities corresponding to life in the city and the country, or common to both such as:watch a film, ride a horse, read books, drive a tractor, harvest the crops, cross the street..and they had to sort them under the correct heading "Country" "City" "Both". You can do the same activity but with words such as trees, silo, cow, school, house, windmill, hens, trees, etc
  • asked children: do we live in a city? what's happening in this picture? what sort of jobs do you see doing in the city?
  • named things in a city/ in the country that are built by people
  • voted for our favorite place 
  • made puppets with craft sticks to sequence events 
  • finished the sentence I go to school by/on________
  • sang a new song
This is the way we drive a…
Tune "Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush

This is the way we row a boat,
Row a boat, row a boat.
This is the way we row a boat,
all the way long
This is the way we fly a plane...
Next verses:
Drive a car...
Drive a train…
Ride a bicycle…Ride a horse...
Fly a helicopter…
(Involve children in doing the appropriate motions)

Traffic Light
The red at the top
Tells us - STOP! STOP! STOP! 
(Extend arm out with palm facing out.)
The yellow in the middle
Tells us - WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!
(Extend both arms out.)
The green below
Tells us - GO! GO! GO!
(Sweep arm out as traffic director would do)
The traffic light tell us
STOP!- WAIT!- GO!!!!
Prepare red, yellow, green circles with a craft sticks.
Ask children to hold up circles when you mention the colours.

  • recognised main city places in our city
  • compared different kinds of buildings
  • shared information about places one likes going
  • identified city/country things
  • discussed about city/country life
  • looked at a picture of our city and asnwered some questions such as..
what's this?
where do you buy..?
what can you find in the..?
where is the..?
which are your favorite shops?

  • looked at different cities in the world such as Paris, London, Moscu and compared the pictures with Buenos Aires
  • completed sentences I am visiting the country/city..../ I can see ...../I can hear....../I can smell...../I like...../I don't like....

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