Most children enjoy dogs, either as a pet or they have a favorite dog video. This unit enables children to share information about their pet dog and allow them to explore the world of our four legged friend!
Some of the dogs we discuss are:
Clifford McDuff Pluto Scooby Doo 101 Dalmations Lassie
We also read some factual books about dogs that available in our school library. Throughout the unit and as time permits we watch a variety of dog videos (the students love to share their videos). It is fun to tape and watch some of the old, black and white Lassie shows.
As with my other units I always read a variety of stories to my students. We also practice the vocabulary in a variety of ways each day. (Check out some of my other language class theme units for vocabulary review ideas.)
Unit Vocabulary - dog, puppy, doghouse, bone, bark
KWL chart about dogs - use a large sheet of paper with three sections: what you know, what you want to learn, and what you learned. The children are always very happy to share their information.
Begin working on a class book - __________ (dog's name-Clifford, Pluto, Lassie, etc.) likes to ________________. Use as a black line master book. Use various clipart sites to find pictures of the books for the children to cut out, glue on page and draw around. Make a cover for the "What Our Dogs Like".
Label dog anatomy - http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/mammals/dog/label/anatomy/label.shtml
Dog coloring book - visit http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/books/dogbook/ to print out the coloring book.
Venn diagram - compare fictional dogs to real dogs. Example: some dogs on tv can talk, real dogs sleep a lot, etc.
Cooking - puppy sandwich - cut our a peanut butter sandwich with a dog shaped cookie cutter. Or set your sandwich in a diamond shape, cut another sandwich into 2 triangles (for ears), set these on both sides of the diamond. Use olives or raisins for the eyes and nose add a bit of jelly for the tongue.
Dog mask - visit http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/Mask.shtml to print out the coloring book.
Telling/writing descriptive sentences - show the children various dog pictures (calendar pictures work well). The students will tell or write a descriptive sentence about each picture. Display the sentence strip along with the picture.
Dog rhymes -
Class book - make a black line master book, In my cupboard, I found __________ for my dog. Students draw a picture of what they found in the cupboard.
For more dog rhymes visit - http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/dog.shtml
Art project - make a dog card. See http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/cards/dog/. Children can write a message to their parents on the dog card.
Patterns - use dog pictures from the famous dogs to create patterns ABBA, ABAB, etc.
Listed below are some of the Clifford books by Norman Bridwell that are available in our school library:
Clifford the Big Red Dog