A heart warming, human interest story about a 2 year old child that would have died from complications of diabetes if it wasn't for her diabetic alert dog, Ruby. A 9 question test with answer key is included, as well as 2 links to YouTube about the story of Ruby and another about a teen who uses a diabetic alert dog. INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DOWNLOAD FROM YOUTUBE IS ALSO INCLUDED!
Story provides real life experiences for those students who have diabetes. A discussion can follow on what diabetes is, how to help a fellow students who is having a diabetic episode, and to let students know they are not alone and there are some alternatives.
Students are tested on: vocabulary, figurative language, the use of acronyms, and inference. The story also supports the common core standards. Also helps students think about possible job choices in the area of animal behavior/training.
Provides a spring board to other discussion on how animals can serve in other capacities as well.