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Dog Bite Prevention [Program Encourages Literacy Skills and Safe Behaviour around Dogs]

Magazine article Teach

Dog Bite Prevention [Program Encourages Literacy Skills and Safe Behaviour around Dogs]

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Dog Bite Prevention is a program designed to support literacy skills and encourage responsible and safe behavior around dogs. Suited for Language curriculum, Dog Bite Prevention teaches children how to listen to stories for information, make connections between their own experiences and those of storybook characters, predict outcomes, and develop oral communication skills. The program also enhances Personal and Social Development curriculum by teaching children how to identify safe and unsafe situations, understand the need for safety rules, seek assistance, identify the rights and responsibilities of themselves and others, recognize the consequences of events and actions, and identify how people in the community are responsible for ensuring safety.

Sponsored by Ralston Purina, Dog Bite Prevention includes three resources: a pull-out story, a teacher's guide, and an online resource list (www.petlookup.com). The program begins by either reading, or have students read, the pull-out story, Scratch the Dog Lends a Paw. Then a discussion of the story is initiated, which is followed by exercises supplied in the Dog Bite Prevention booklet. …

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