DOG HEROES in 6 Award Winning Books, including AKIAK, TOGO, TORNADO, and 3 more!

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3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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Kids Wings Literature Guides for DOG HEROES in 6 Award Winning Books, will bring character-building and skill-building on 4 legs into your classroom!

AKIAK by Robert Blake,

TOGO by Robert Blake,

TORNADO by Betsy Byars,


SHELTER DOGS by Peg Kehret,




One of the most amazing races of the 20th Century is the Iditarod, a dog sled race that began in 1967 across 1,161 frozen miles of Alaska, demanding its dogs run almost 100 miles a day, pulling a sled with their musher aboard.  Although Akiak has raced the Iditarod before, this ten-year-old huskie, a determined lead dog, knows that this is her last opportunity to win.  Fighting injury, blizzard, and the rules of the race, her courage and determination lead her to attempt the impossible.

Akiak Activities in PDF in the Kids Wings guide by Suzy Red include:

The Heart of a Leader: Exploring Human Characteristics that Are Common to Dogs

Lessons from a Dog: Comparing dogs to resilient kids

Attacking the Words: Unusual Sounds, Syllables, Sounds of Letters

Are We There Yet? Map Math on a Grid

Are We There Yet? Questions Using a Grid

Crossword Puzzle: And the Winner Is...

Answer Page



As a puppy, Togo seemed to be an unlikely sled dog because he was small and independent. By the time he was eight years old, however, he became one of the greatest sled dogs ever, having won awards for speed and strength!

A diphtheria epidemic in 1925 threatened the entire population of Nome, Alaska. The only hope of saving the people of Nome was to get the serum to them from Anchorage in time. But HOW? The answer was to use a relay of dog sleds. It was Togo who was called on to lead one team through a deadly blizzard and across frozen bays, without rest in 40-below zero temperatures. Was Togo able to complete his mission and survive?

The PDF formatted Kids Wings unit for Togo was written by Suzy Red. It includes these activities:

Arctic Pathway Crossword Puzzle

Courage on Four Legs-Multiple Choice Comprehension

Visualizing the Learning on a Map

Following the Team: Listen, Draw, and Write

How Far: Mapping Distances

Venn Diagram: Comparing Books




In this easy chapter book, a tornado appears in the distance, and Pete, the farmhand, gathers everyone into the storm cellar. While they wait for the storm to pass, he tells the family about a tornado that struck when he was a boy—a twister that blew in a doghouse, complete with a dog inside!

Pete tells everyone how he soon learned that this dog, whom he named Tornado, was no ordinary dog—he played card tricks, once saved a turtle′s life, and had a life-long rivalry with the family cat. By the time Pete tells all of Tornado′s remarkable stories, the storm has passed, and Tornado's antics have entertained another family of farmers.

The Kids Wings Literature Guide for TORNADO was written by Suzy Red. It comes to you in PDF format and includes:

Little Stories Within a Big Stories: A Flipster for each chapter

The Storm: Crossword Puzzle

Bringing a Book to Life with a PLAY

Getting the Picture: Illustrating the Text

Science: Problem Solving with Air, two challenges

Cause and Effect: Multiple Choice and Logic

Reading Between the Lines: Drawing Conclusions

Pete's Pets: A Logic Puzzle

The Characters' Character



The Mightest Heart:

A talented new illustrator makes her debut with this touching story based on the legend of Llywelyn, a thirteenth-century Welsh prince who shared a special relationship with his loyal hound Gelert.

The Kids Wings Literature Guide by Suzy Red comes to you in PDF and contains the following activities:

Double Life Lines

Attributes of a Faithful Dog

If You Were a Dog Like Gelert: Serious Answers and Funny Answers

Cause and Effect with a Twist

Create a Cinquain!

Where in the World:

Writing Prompts



Shelter Dogs:

Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays by Peg Kehret

Eight special dogs, adopted from animal shelters, will win your heart and admiration in this story of people who gave loving homes to unwanted dogs, dogs that, in turn, changed lives.  After reading this book, you won’t be able to resist reaching out a helping hand to free a lonely friend and experience its real-life magic for yourself.

The Kids Wings Literature Guide for Shelter Dogs was written by Suzy Red and comes to you in PDF format. It includes the following activities:

Their Stories, My Stories

Finding Homes: Filling Out an Application for Adoption

What If? Multiple Choice Comprehension

Lessons to Learn: The Dogs compared in a graphic organizer

Doggie Facts: List, Compare, Challenge, Extend

Sticky Research Board

Writing Your Research Paper

Performance: Protecting the Helpless, Evaluate yourself on a Rubic

Cause and Effect: Multiple Choice PLUS

Service Dog Award: A Logic Puzzle

Writing Prompts for Letter Writing, Story Writing, Compare/Contrast, and Persuasive Writing



Brave Dogs Gentle Dogs and How They Guard Sheep by Cat Urbigkit

Wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, and bears were attacking and killing sheep. Ranchers did not want to kill the wild predators, so they hired guardian dogs to watch over their flocks. Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs is the story of these guardian dogs. You will love the beautiful photographs as you learn where the dogs came from, how they are trained, and what a huge difference they have made.

The 16-page Kids Wings unit for Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs and How They Guard Sheep comes to you in PDF format and contains these activities:

Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, How they Guard Sheep

Getting Ready to Read Nonfiction:

*Key Word Prediction,

*How Do You Know Guardian Dogs?

Readers' Theater Play Script for 2 Voices

Before-and-After Reading Discussion Cards

Vocabulary List

Do I Understand? Comprehension in Multiple Choice

Lost Sheep Logic Puzzle

Compare My Dog with a Guardian Dog

Repeated Reading Chart

Guardians Crossword Puzzle

Amazing Dog MAZE

Instinct Compared to Learned Behavior

Edit and Revise and Rewrite "Shep's Story"

Write, Edit, and Recopy My Story about A Special Dog

Answer Page


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