Most students love dogs. According to American Pet Products Association (APPA) approximately 44% of all households in the United States are dog owners. This is approximately 89.7 million dogs.
More Interesting Facts
- Seventy-seven percent of dog owners allow their pet to roam anywhere in the house. Only seven percent of people keep their dogs outside.
- Forty-two percent of dog owners sleep with their dogs.
- The United States has the largest dog population. It more than doubles the second highest dog population country, China.
Get more statistical information about pets at Statista.
#1 Writing Idea
Pictures – The saying a picture is worth a thousand words really is true. Click here to view some pictures of dogs that tell stories. The link takes you to a Google Slide presentation which includes not only the photos but questions for students as well.
#2 Letters to the ‘Spectator’
The Spectator is a British magazine. It began weekly publications in 1828. In 1895, Editor J. St. Loe Stachey collected dog stories that had been sent in for publication. These stories were published in a book titled Dog Stories from the “Spectator.” These stories are now in the public domain. They are short and interesting making them perfect for classroom use. The stories include tales of dogs that traveled by train, protected loved ones, and showed great signs of intelligence.
I recommend downloading the Kindle version for students. Students can read Kindle titles on Smartphones, Tablets and other devices by downloading the app from Amazon. By using a Kindle version, students can move quickly to different locations in the text. They can also use the highlighter tool. Encourage students to write their own dog stories after reading several stories for inspiration from Dog Stories from the “Spectator.”
#3 Informational Text with Comprehension and Writing Questions
I wrote this article for my students years ago as part of a dog project we were doing. When getting this blog post together, I added three pages of questions about the article. Questions range from recalling details, to understanding information on charts, to creating a Venn diagram with the information provided. This makes a great practice activity for standardized tests. I have included both printable and Google Slide versions. The answer key is found in the printable version.
This is Part 2 of the Dog Themed Posts. Be sure to visit Part 1 here. Check out this blog post about the novel Wish. It includes a Google Slide activity that compares dogs from different novels. You may also wish to visit the Dog Theme section of my website.