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

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

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.


Predicting

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


Visualizing

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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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • And I Mean It, Stanley 1
  • Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery 5
  • Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation 9
  • Biscuit Goes to School 13
  • The Boston Coffee Party 17
  • Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express 21
  • Cave Boy 25
  • Chang's Paper Pony 29
  • Crocodile and Hen: A Bakongo Folktale 33
  • Danny and the Dinosaur 37
  • Five Silly Fisherman 41
  • The Golly Sisters Go West 45
  • The Great Snake Escape 49
  • The Horse in Harry's Room 53
  • Ice-Cold Birthday 57
  • Little Bear 61
  • Little Bear's Visit 65
  • Mouse Tales 69
  • The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost 73
  • No Fighting, No Biting! 77
  • No Mail for Mitchell 81
  • No More Monsters for Me! 85
  • Oliver 89
  • Oscar Otter 93
  • Owl at Home 97
  • Porcupine's Pajama Party 101
  • Pretty Good Magic 105
  • R Is for Radish 109
  • Sammy the Seal 113
  • Scruffy 117
  • Sleepy Dog 121
  • Small Pig 125
  • The Smallest Cow in the World 129
  • Stanley 133
  • Three by the Sea 137
  • Appendix 141
  • Index 143
  • About the Author 149
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