Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dog Days Part 1: Informational Text

Photo by Z is for Zebra; Digital Papers by Connie Prince & Trixie Scraps.

Picture a dog with a wagging tail, a smiling mouth, and animated eyes. Dogs are a hit with kids. So, each year, I teach a reading unit about dogs using a WIDE variety of texts. 

I thought I'd share some favorite resources with you. I'll be doing a series of four blog posts over the next four weeks to share ideas, resources, links, and freebies.

What to expect:
Part 1:  Informational Text
Part 2:  Poetry and Figurative Language
Part 3:  Literature 
Part 4:  Opinion Writing Using Source Material

Photographs of real service dogs and therapy dogs spark interest at the start of the unit.  

Tatyana and her service dog, Bugsbie... Click here to see license for photo sharing.

Mr. Mohr and a 3-year-old therapy dog named Molly... This image is in the public domain. 

To find more images, click here to visit my Dogs Pinterest board

National Geographic has a 4-minute video explaining how guide dogs are trained. Click here to go to the correct page. 

One of my favorite nonfiction resources is this booklet about service dogs created by Green Grubs Garden Club.  

Since 3rd graders always seem to need practice generating questions, I created this simple sheet to help them ask questions as a prediction strategy. It does not include the title, so it could be used with any informational text about dogs. You can grab it by clicking here or on the image below.  


We follow up by reading Rosie: A Visiting Dog's Story by Stephanie Calmenson. This photo essay documents the puppyhood and early training of Rosie, a visiting dog.  

You can visit the author's website:
She has additional photos of Rosie and Harry (another of her dogs).   

Readworks.org has several free informational passages at various Lexile levels. 

Other titles: Click on the book covers to find them.

Mary Pitner of Pitner's Potpourri has created a freebie to go along with the book. You can grab it by visiting her blog

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is held each year. The official Iditarod website has a wealth of information. 
Each year, the Iditarod has a "Teacher on the Trail". The Teacher on the Trail website has videos and kid-friendly information about the Iditarod. For free! Click on the image above to go to my favorite video.

The next Dog Days Literacy post will focus on poetry and figurative language.  

If you have other suggestions for fabulous resources, I'd love to read about them in the comments! Please share.  

1 comment:

  1. I bet the kids just LOVE this unit! Thanks for sharing the resources you have found! The Dogs with Jobs looks amazing!
    A New Day of Learning