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  • Making Connections: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.10 RL.5.3 RL.5.9 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Making Inferences: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.4 RL.5.6 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Synthesizing: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Visualizing: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.10 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.7 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5c L.5.6
  • Love That Dog Super Pack


    Written as a collection of poems and journal entries, Love That Dog tells the change-of-heart story of Jack, a boy who grows to appreciate writing poetry in school after he encounters the right inspiration. This is an excellent book for supporting different reading levels because early readers will connect to the setting and emotions, and fluent readers will be challenged by the unique text structure.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    Making Connections with Love That Dog


    Love That Dog can support readers of all levels who are practicing making connections. Beginner readers can draw upon their experiences and opinions about pet ownership and school assignments to make text-to-self connections. Fluent readers can connect to their experience with poetry, and they’ll be challenged by the unique text structure of this book.
    L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.10 RL.5.3 RL.5.9 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
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    Making Inferences with Love That Dog


    The classroom setting in Love That Dog allows students to make strong text-to-self connections, which make this book and lesson plan a smart choice for practicing making inferences. Readers will apply their own experiences to make inferences about how the main character is feeling and thinking about his poetry assignments. High-ability readers will also be challenged to infer meaning using poetry-style writing.
    L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.4 RL.5.6 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
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    Synthesizing with Love That Dog


    With the author’s use of simple language throughout this book, Love That Dog makes a good anchor text for a lesson on synthesizing. Students can focus on the strategies they’re applying as well as their evolving opinions and understanding of the characters and events in this story.
    L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
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    Understanding Text Structure with Love That Dog


    This is the perfect book and lesson plan for teaching students how to fully comprehend diverse text structures. Love That Dog incorporates poetry and journaling in the form of notebook entries across a school year to tell the story of Jack and his new-found appreciation for writing poetry. Readers will need to engage with several different types of poetry presented in a narrative journal to uncover this highly relatable story.
    L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
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    Visualizing with Love That Dog


    This book and lesson plan work well to support readers as they visualize to improve their reading comprehension. The setting is familiar to students, and the text is full of descriptive language that supports imagery of the physical and emotional qualities of each character.
    L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.10 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.7 SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 W.5.8 W.5.9
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    Love That Dog Extension Activity


    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.
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    Love That Dog Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Love That Dog. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
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    Student Resources in Spanish


    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    Love That Dog Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Love That Dog, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Love That Dog Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    L.5.4a L.5.5c L.5.6
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