"The Mouse Mansion" is a sequence for 6e pupils based on the children's book of the same name by Karina Schaapman, and on the DIY video tutorials on her website. Author and artist Schaapman spent years building and furnishing the Mouse Mansion, an elaborate doll’s house, out of cardboard boxes and papier-mâché, and writes books about the mice, Sam and Julia, who inhabit it. In this sequence, pupils make their own rooms for the mansion. It's an excellent opportunity to practise vocabulary about rooms and furniture. The final task includes an oral presentation and interaction with a classmate.
For more about the Mouse Mansion and working inter-languages and inter-classes with this topic, see Nathalie Le Gendre's article in Pedagogy.
This sequence revises the following :
- the articles a, an, the and ø
- the plural of nouns
And introduces :
- where and prepositions of place
- there is/there are
- how many and quantities
- some and any
- vocabulary for furniture and rooms in a house/flat
Nathalie Le Gendre
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> The Mouse Mansion: Working Across Languages or Between Classes