Mice and Beans

A great addition to a multicultural unit or curriculum study, use the set of questions based on Pam Muñoz Ryan's Mice and Beans to engage learners and enhance their reading experience. As youngsters read, they note the highlighted words to define later, as well as plot elements and parts of the story.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Attach to a reading assessment or homework packet
  • Have kids come up with additional questions after reading the story
  • Use the exercise in a literacy center or a small group discussion
  • Include in a unit that features Spanish words or Mexican culture
Classroom Considerations

  • Text is not formatted in the most readable way; use the document to change the way the story is formatted for the class
  • Questions mostly address the meanings of Spanish words and events in the plot (knowledge-level questions only)
Pros

  • Provides full text of the story, as well as eight comprehension questions
  • Promotes bilingualism through the use of English and Spanish in the story
Cons

  • None
Common Core