Can I Be Your Dog? activities and lesson plan ideas
Can I Be Your Dog? activities and lesson plan ideas
Can I Be Your Dog? activities and lesson plan ideas
Can I Be Your Dog? activities and lesson plan ideas
Can I Be Your Dog? activities and lesson plan ideas
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Can I Be Your Dog? activities and lesson plan ideas

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Our Can I Be Your Dog? Activities are now digital for distance learning with editable teaching slides and worksheets based on Troy Cummings’ book. Read aloud the picture book then use the printables or go paperless with Google or Seesaw to practice standards-based skills.

 

 

THIS READING UNIT FOCUSES ON USING THE MENTOR TEXT TO TEACH:

◼️ READING STRATEGIES

☐ making inferences

☐ making predictions

☐ summarizing and retelling

☐ analyzing character

☐ asking and answering questions

☐ author's purpose

 

◼️ SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS

☐ feelings

☐ perseverance and grit

 

◼️ GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS

☐ adjectives

☐ interjections

☐ types of sentences

 

SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT: 

The story Can I Be Your Dog? follows a homeless dog named Arfy who is looking for a family. Arfy writes letters to a family, a butcher, the fire department, the junkyard, and the scary last house on the road. Each time, Arfy gets a letter back saying that he can’t be their dog. Arfy feels discouraged each time but continues to write letters.

After hearing that even the last house on the road wouldn’t take him, Arfy becomes devastated and goes back to the box that he lives in on the street. There he receives a letter from the mail carrier Mitzy. She wants to be his person! Arfy is overjoyed that he finally found his forever home and goes to live with Mitzy.

THIS COLLECTION OF ACTIVITIES and LESSON IDEAS INCLUDES:

 Comprehension Questions categorized by reading strategy; text-dependent
 Social-Emotional Learning guidance lesson ideas & discussion topics based on the story
 Vocabulary Activities with kid-friendly definitions
 Grammar Topics selected to align with the text
 Focus Sentences use the book & author's craft as a mentor text to improve writing
 Lesson Planner summary, background info and planning space

 Story Mapping Printable identify character, setting, problem and solution

 Making Words Activity Page use any word from the book

 Focus Sentence copy work, identifying elements of the sentence, rewriting)

 Design a New Book Cover demonstrate understanding of the text by creating an illustration

 Predicting Activity primary-ruled and wider-ruled versions
 Summarizing Somebody → Wanted → But → Then → Finally

 Comparing and Contrasting using a Venn Diagram

 Cause and Effect analyze how events affect one another

 Visualization illustrate visualizations from the story and support thinking with text-based evidence

 Making Connections identify text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections

 Thematic Writing Paper Use with the Writing Prompts... Makes a Great Bulletin Board

 2 Sequencing Activities First → Next → Then → Last and Beginning → Middle → End

 2 Vocabulary Activities Vocabulary Booklet and Word Mapping

 2 Character Trait Activities listing traits and supporting traits with text-based evidence
 30 Text-Based Writing Prompts 3 prompts for each of the following types of writing:

  • narrative
  • persuasive / opinion
  • descriptive
  • expository / informative
  • creative / story writing
  • procedure / how-to
  • list-making
  • letter / postcard writing
  • poem
  • book reviews

INCLUDED DIGITAL ACTIVITIES:

➜ 5 Teaching Slides to use for instruction (add questions, vocabulary, instructions, etc)

➜ 15 Student Pages for use in Google™️ Classroom or as editable files to create customized printables