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February 27, 2010

   Just mention the word, dog, to children, and a flood of excited conversation pours out! Children of all ages love to hear  and read stories about dogs. Their personal connections to these stories lead to great writing. In May, we integrate the science unit about summer with a theme based on “the dog days of summer”.

 Nacho the Party Puppy by Emma Virjan
Nacho has been described by BookPeople as a “lovable pooch looking to spread laughter and joy wherever he goes.”
I have experienced the affect Nacho has on children, of all ages. The author visited our school and Nacho-mania took over.
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 A Dog’s Best Friend by Gare Thompson

  Dear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague
Poor Ike LaRue cannot understand why he is sent to obedience school! This is great for teaching point of view and voice.

 Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Students connect to the character, Jack, as he communicates with his teacher in a series of free verse poems. He emphatically voices his opinion that boys don’t write poetry, and that he cannot write because his brain is dead. This book was particulary popular with my fourth grade male students. Use this boook to teach point of view, voice,and  poetry. Read it for enjoyment!
 Yip! Snap! Yap! by Charles Fuge
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes! This read-aloud is not only fun, it is a mentor text for using adjective,verbs, and word choice.
More dog book titles to come!

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