Sunday, October 20, 2013

Reading Streets Tara and Tiree and Favorite Pets Activities


Why Pets Rock! Our Pet Essays and Why We Think They are So Great! 
Who are your favorite pets? We wrote about ours this a few weeks ago and I'm just now posting them!  Surprisingly, most of the kids don't have dogs or cats. But some do. Some have a virtual zoo at their house!

Pet Activities and Stories 
Then we drew pictures of those pets, after going through the writing process (sloppy copy, edit, final copy etc.) I found some fun math and langage arts activities HERE at Pet Week.
We read the Reading Streets story Tara and Tiree Fearless Friends. It's a story about rescue dogs. A fun rescue animal word search can be found HERE. We learned a lot about how rescue animals help shut ins, and handicapped people function better in their homes. 
Tara and Tyree is a cute story in our Reading Streets Literature Book. It was the springboard for writing about our pets. 

A fun crossword puzzle for animals and pets is HERE at All Kids Network.  Another Pet crossword is  HERE at cfphc.com . An easy Pets Crossword.  for younger kids is HERE at ABC Teach.

Did you know there are not only service dogs but now service monkeys? 


We started by reading a few Weekly Readers on Dogs. And I had a lot of cute Dog read alouds we did throughout the week. We talked about how we have to learn to be responsible if we get a pet. A fun activity to teach being responsible for pets is called the "EGG PET" PROJECT. It looked like fun to try but we ran out of time. Check it out HERE at TPT Class With an Alligator. (2nd grade)

Front Cover     

 Front CoverJust some of the Pet Stories I had out all week.

Then we talked about our favorite pets and why we love our pets. Most of the class have fish as pets this year. We didn't have very many dogs or cats, but we did have a few birds and fish.


Here is a fun youtube for the book I Wanna Iguana - which is about a boy begging his mom for a pet and giving her good reasons why he would be very responsible for it.
Persuasive Essays on Why Our Pets are the BEST! 
Some cute stationery to write about our favorite pets I found on Snippets By Sara's blog. The paper is really cute. We had the same idea as her and wrote a PERSUASIVE ESSAY on Why our pet is the best. I used the 4 blocks method for brainstorming 4 reasons why our pet (real or imagined) is the best of all!

I loved this cute illustration by artist Swetha. She is very talented. APet Wordsearch is HERE at Spoonful.  
Gotta love a puppy pitbull! 
Or who couldn't love a goldfish? 

Some of the stories I read the students for background knowledge and pet ideas. 
We wrote sloppy copies, then I edited them with a few parent helpers, then we wrote final copies of our essays. I loved reading them. 

Some kids have frogs and some have lizards. Nobody this year has a snake. Some of the enrichment activities we did included a math "counting by 5s DOGGIE MAZE at HERE at Printactivities. 

 Here is a picture of my favorite pet doggie, Bruce!  He loves road trips, beef jerky and Mr. Moss.

Here he is with one of my favorite little people. 

We sure had fun learning about everybody's best friends at home. Pets ROCK. 


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