# Math Fun with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

By Melissa Elizondo

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a favorite among young elementary students. Your students will become the bakers in this lesson. These planned activities will introduce measurement and deepen students' understanding of addition and subtraction.

Addition and subtraction form the foundation for learning in mathematics. Your students will use cookies made together as a class as manipulatives to give them a hands-on learning experience.

## Materials Needed for the Activities

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Paper

Pencils

½ cup (1 stick) butter plus 6 tablespoons, softened

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

3 cups oats uncooked

1 cup raisins (optional)

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and both types of sugar on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Beat in flour mixture a little at a time. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Bake in a 350° oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe courtesy of Quaker Oats.

## Prior Knowledge Needed

Students need to have the ability to count to twenty by ones. Repeat and skip count to twenty by two's and then five's.

## Teaching the Lesson

Show students the cover of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and have them make predictions about what will happen in the story. Read the book to your class stopping to discuss what is going on in the story. After you have finished reading the story, explain that they are going to become mice and be given cookies.

Place students in pairs. Give each pair an ingredient to measure out, which is a wonderful way to introduce measurement to your class. You will need to double or possibly triple the cookie recipe so that you have enough cookies. Each student will need about ten mini cookies, plus one or two to eat as a snack. Mix the batter and bake the cookies if you have access to an oven. If you do not, make the batter a day ahead of time and bake them at home. Be sure to keep the batter refrigerated until you bake it.