Dog doesn’t need anyone except himself. He’s his own dog! He plays, sleeps, and goes for walks all alone…and he’s happy to. Suddenly, he finds himself in need of some help. Students will love hearing what happens when Dog finds a human to spend time with. This interactive read aloud is designed for one class period, however extensions can be taken over several days.
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to describe how Dog changes from beginning to end by analyzing his actions in I’m My Own Dog. At the end of the lesson, after students use Dog’s actions to describe how he changes, they will write in response to the prompt: Describe how Dog changes from the beginning of the story to the end.
In addition to describing how the character changes (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, comparing and contrasting, inferring the meaning of vocabulary words, creative writing, making connections, and more!
In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students as needed. The scaffolding questions are designed to help students organize their thinking and understanding in smaller chunks to reach the target question.
The essential question, objective, and questions are in the lesson plan, but also in a printable format to be projected or posted for the lesson.
This lesson focuses on 10 key vocabulary words. Other vocabulary words may be pertinent for your students: included are blank vocabulary cards so that you can customize for your students’ needs.
-Lesson Plan page w/ text’s big idea, EQ, target, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language
-Teacher's questioning guide w/stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
-Template to print questions/vocabulary on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference. Please note: on each post-it, you will find (for the corresponding page) key vocabulary, the main lesson plan questions and scaffolding questions.
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted for students during read aloud
-Graphic organizer with lesson questions for students to collect their own thinking during the read aloud
-Assessment task cards (3 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities).
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-10 vocabulary cards and 2 blank cards
-Student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key included)
-3 vocabulary 4-square activity options
-Compare and contrast activity
-Creative writing page using vocabulary words from the text (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
-3 varieties of Extension and Discussion task cards
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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