Kindergarten Grade - Social Studies

LESSON PROBLEM: What animals like to eat rice?


The bowl sat empty. "Oh, no! My rice is gone!" shrieked Mom. "I was going to take it to the school potluck tonight."

"Don't panic Mom, I'll look for clues." Hmmmm.....The rice had been in the bowl, on the table, near the sink. First, I ran outside to check for footprints....None! It must have been an inside job.

Who would be my first suspect? I went to Baby Sally's room. There was no sign of the rice, not even on Baby Sally.

Next, I asked Dad if he had seen anything strange. He had been mowing the lawn and didn't know anything about the case.

My leads seemed to be slipping away. Could a thief have come into our house and helped himself to dinner? Had aliens zapped it aboard their spaceship?

I scratched my head and looked around. Suddenly, I notice through the open window two birds carrying something in their beaks. I noticed a white trail of white rice on the ground. The Case of the Missing Rice is now closed!


Write the sentences with the correct ending.

1. Baby Sally did not take the rice because she....

did not like rice.
was too young.
was not wearing any of it on her clothing.
2. Dad did not take the rice because he....

had been too busy mowing the lawn.
had not seen anything.
like pizza better.
3. The birds probably took the rice because they...

like rice dishes.
thought they were bird seeds.
wanted to try something different.


Fold a paper into four parts. Draw a picture in each part that tells about the boy finding the missing rice.


  • bowl
  • table
  • footprints
  • suspect
  • strange
  • case
  • leads
  • aliens
  • zapped
  • spaceship
  • dinner
  • thief

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