Ideas for a good dog book?

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  1. anniefan

    anniefan Rookie

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    Hey everyone!
    My dog recently passed the test to be a therapy dog. I want to start a reading club for my 3rd graders and use my dog in reading therapy. I would like some ideas for a book to read in the club. I have already read Winn Dixie (my favorite) to the class. I also do a unit on Stone Fox in January. What are some other good dog stories that would be appropriate for 3rd grade?
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    I would say Shiloh depending on the reading levels of your students. Also in the Open Court reading program there is a story called Rugby and Rosie. It's about a dog passing a test to become a guide dog.
     
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    A Dog's Live by Ann Martin is an excellent pseudo-autobiography about the life of a dog. Love that Dog is also excellent if you want to bring poetry in.
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Marley by John Grogan is an elementary school-age version of his adult book: Marley and Me.
     
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    I wish I was in my classroom. I have a whole basket of dog books!

    When I get to work I will post again.
     
  7. RainStorm

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    You absolutely HAVE to read "Follow My Leader" by James B. Garfield.

    :up:I read it when I was in 4th grade, and it was the most incredible and motivating book I've ever read!

    Here is a description of the book:
    Eleven-year-old Jimmy Carter doesn't know what to do with himself when he is blinded by a firecracker in a freak accident. The usually energetic boy, who loved playing baseball, and going camping is quickly taken out of commission, and left to live the rest of his life in the dark. All alone. But that notion is quickly swept out of Jimmy's head when he begins working with Miss Thompson, a therapist who opens up a whole new world for Jimmy, one where he can walk by using a cane, and read by using the method of braille. But when Jimmy is given the chance to have his very own guide dog, he's ecstatic. He quickly packs up his belongings, and heads to the School for the Blind where he will learn to get around without his cane, cut food by himself, and, best of all, get his very own guide dog! But getting used to working with Leader - his dog - isn't as easy as Jimmy originally thought it would be. In fact, sometimes it can even be a bit complicated at times. But Jimmy knows that if he wants to make it in this cruel world he'll have to try as hard as he can to make things work with his eyes, Leader.
     
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    Don't forget "Island of the Blue Dolphin". It is a great "dog" book, too.
     
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    A teacher at our school has always read A Dog Called Kitty, yet it is a tearjerker... It's a Bill Wallace book. :)
     
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    What about Old Yeller, Lad: a Dog, or Gray Dawn? Sometimes old favorites are favorites for a reason!
     
  11. anniefan

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    Thanks for the ideas! I can't wait to get started with my club. We will begin in Jan. I am also taking a group of my third graders and my dog to go Christmas caroling at a nursing home later this month.
     
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    Love That Dog is a great poetry novel by Sharon Creech - it too is a real tear jerker! It is actually really short , but the style and subject put it at about third grade. It would be a great book to also be discussing poetry with because it has several styles of poems and is a good book for boys to get into poetry.
     
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    I agree with czacza, Marley- a dog like no other is a great book! I read the adult version Marley and Me and then my mom found the children version and bought it for me to share with my class! They loved it!
     

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