Children’s’ literature provides excellent resources for all classroom content area lessons plans. Using the Mousekin book series, by Edna Miller, you can teach complete units in life science. Teach camouflage, hibernation, ecosystems, habitats, symbiosis and more. Edna Miller, a naturalist and children’s book author introduced us to Mousekin, a white-footed mouse, with her first book Mousekin’s Golden House, in 1964. Here are lesson plans using the Mousekin books in preschool and elementary life science activities. Each Mousekin book contains a glossary of science terms and animal species, as well as suggested reading and further reference.
Mousekin’s Golden House (1964) Perfect for Halloween, fall and autumn harvest lesson plans. Looking for a place to hibernate in winter, Mousekin discovers how other forest animals prepare for winter. When Mousekin finds a discarded carved jack-o-lantern pumpkin, he makes it into a cozy winter den. Children will learn about how eastern woodland habitat creatures ready themselves for winter.
Mousekin’s Thanksgiving (1985) In his quest for winter food stores, Mousekin discovers that some creature is eating his winter stores, but in the process, making more winter food stores available. Mousekin’s Thanksgiving explores how creatures rely on each other in a symbiotic relationship within habitats.
Mousekin’s Woodland Sleepers (1970) Companion book for Mousekin’s Golden House, Mousekin’s Woodland Sleepers explores in more detail how different species hibernate, including where they hibernate and how winter sleep cycles work. Mousekin meets a hibernating woodchuck, bear and chipmunk. Mousekin also learns about predator/ prey relationships in winter, including the predatory screech owl, skunk and fox who do not hibernate. Excellent book on habitats.
Mousekin’s Family (1982) Lovely story of gestation, birth and care of a family of white-footed mice. Beautifully drawn images.
Mousekin’s Close Call (1978) While eluding a hungry weasel, Mousekin explores how different creatures protect and camouflage themselves. Mousekin’s Close Call shows different predator/ prey relationships, habitats and how the food chain works in an eastern woodland forest.
Mousekin’s Mystery (1983) A forest fire leaves Mousekin homeless and fills the forest with an eerie glow. Mousekin discovers bioluminescence from the fox fire fungus. This book explores habitats and symbiosis also.
Mousekin’s Easter Basket (1986) Perfect for spring lessons, Mousekin explores different nests and eggs in his search for shelter. Perfect book to help children identify how birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles design their nests and protect their young.
Mousekin’s ABC (1972) Excellent forest field guide and reference book.
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