A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. – Man’s Best Friend. – Dogs come into out lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart. – Love is a four legged word. – The road to my heart is paved with paw prints. – If you’re lucky… A dog will come into your life, steal your heart and change everything! – The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.
Mattel Foundation Grant
A few years back, a small group of teachers at our school were awarded a grant through the Mattel Foundation. The grant money promoted technology in the school including computers for a lab. The teachers involved in the grant shared the lab by taking students in 45 minute blocks each day.
As project oriented as I am, I wanted my students to create a big project during computer lab time. The students selected the theme of dogs. Students read dog themed novels; they created dog games on the computer; they made a dog dictionary; and so on.
The Dog Dictionary
The dog dictionary was an extremely fun project. Students asked all 600 students in the school to bring in photos of their dogs. The photos were scanned and returned to their owners. During lab time, students made an online dictionary by grouping dogs by type – sporting, hound, working, herding, toy, non-sporting, and terrier. On dozens of web pages students added the pictures and then listed facts and stories about the dogs. What a fun learning experience for the students.
Unfortunately, the dog dictionary no longer resides on the school website. – Move out the old to make room for the new. – I took some of the photos from the project and created Google Slides. On the slides, writing prompts ask questions. You can download the Google Slides here. Dog Photos to use as Writing Prompts. Be sure to save them to your Google Drive to make the slides editable.
At the time the dog project was completed, website technology was not as advanced as it is today. I recently reworked the web pages that contained games. I was able to salvage four games out of fourteen. Here is the result.
These links take you to individual games.
Name that Dog – Can you name these famous dogs?
Printable Version of Name That Dog – Copy and paste the text for the web page into a Word document or similar word processing program. Edit the questions if you like. Some questions refer to dogs your students may not know. You can substitute these questions with ones about your current favorites.
Human to Dog Years – How old are you in dog years?
Puppy Tic Tac Toe – Play tic tac toe with puppy faces for x’s and o’s.
Four craft projects also survived from the project. You can find them here:
Dog Nutrition – Learn how to make Peanut Butter Dog & People Biscuits.
Dog Biscuit Craft – Create Refrigerator Magnets from Dog Biscuits.
Biscuit Storage Containers – Keep Fido’s Biscuits Fresh with Cute Storage Containers.
Dog Banks – Create dog banks from drink mix containers.
To keep this post from rambling, a second dog blog post will go live on April 22. It will provide an informational text passage I wrote during the project. I recently added comprehension questions and constructed response writing prompts to turn this into a teaching exercise. Be sure to get it here beginning April 22.