Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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Sleepy Dog

by Harriet Ziefert
Reading Level 1.0

Setting:The home of a family of dogs, where a cat lives as well
Characters:Mother dog, a puppy, and a cat
Plot:This dog family has an unusual pet—a cat!
Solution:This cat and the puppy live in harmony because they are nice to each other.
Summary:In Chapter One, it is time to go to bed. Little Dog and Cat sleepily walk up the stairs to bed. Dog snuggles into bed, and Cat sleeps on top of the covers. Mother Dog comes in for a good-night kiss and turns out the light, then Cat and Dog go to sleep. In Chapter Two, Dog is dreaming that he is eating, and he is very happy. He also dreams that he is jumping over the moon and running. All the while, he smiles. Then he dreams he is being chased, and he smiles no more. He is scared—the dream wakes him up, and he needs a drink of water. Cat does too, and then they go back to bed. In Chapter Three, [The Clock,] it's time to get up. Cat and Dog are happy to be able to play, and Little Dog is very happy to see his mother.
Curriculum Connections:Pet unit, friendship theme, concept of day and night, health unit—sleep isimportant to feel good



Discuss with the children the idea that cats and dogs do not get along. Ask if they believe this is always the case. Ask students if anyone has both cats and dogs in the same house. Do they get along? Let students discuss their own experiences.


Ask students what they think is going to happen in this story about a cat and dog.


Ask students to do the following exercise: Picture yourself sleeping. How do you look? Are you dreaming? What do you do if you wake up in the middle of the night?

Library Skills

Ask students the following questions: Is this a true (nonfiction) book about animals? How do you know? Where would you look for true books about animals? What do we call those books?


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