Puppy Adoption Reading Challenge!
This reading challenge provides a way to get kids excited and motivated to read. It can be differentiated for your whole class, or for individual students. We used this in my classroom as activities to accompany Madeline Finn and the Library Dog. Our small, stuffed pups were reading buddies during DEAR time and our regular Journey's reading lessons. Students completed their "adoption" by reading at home over Thanksgiving break. This could be used in many different ways, and you can customize your reading challenge duration.
Adoption certificates—There are two certificate styles to choose from; you can adopt "pups" or "pets" (This happened out of necessity when some of the pups I ordered looked decidedly like not pups! I let students choose their certificate.)
Reading log—There are 5 choices, including a log for reading at home and at school. Each has a place to write a goal number of minutes.
Graphic organizer—Classroom activity to deepen understanding of Madeline Finn and the Library Dog. (Best for grades K, 1, 2)
Letter “I am adopting a pup” —Choice of “pup” or “pet” option.
Letter to family—Two choices to customize the greeting according to how you communicate with your families.
Book- Madeline Finn and the Library Dog, by Lisa Papp
Small, stuffed dogs—one per student, plus additional so all students are able to have a choice (or any small stuffed animal!) Amazon and Oriental Trading have cost-effective options.
Card stock for printing—Particularly for the adoption certificates.
Optional: Small pieces of fabric or paper to use as a “pet bed” where pets can stay (on desks or elsewhere in the classroom) while not in use.
Optional: Labels pre-printed with student names, which can be immediately adhered to the tag of their new “pet” upon adoption.