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Show Me Dogs

Capstone 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
Series: My First Picture Encyclopedia
ISBN: 9781620659274 (hardcover)
9781620651957 (e-book)
Original language: English
Dewey: 636.7
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This introduction to humans’ most common pet is comprehensive and wide-ranging. Chapters touch on dog breeds, lifecycles, heath, anatomy and sensory particularities, behaviour, showing and care. The book also features “Dogs on the Job” as guides, but also as herders, actors and police dogs, among others. Each section includes plentiful examples: “Playful Pooches” lists items such as “microchip,” “chew toy” and “leash,” with a picture, definition and phonetic pronunciation of each. While the information provided is basic, even dog aficionados may learn something new: dogs are colour-blind; some dogs can smell the presence of cancer; dogs have over forty times as many scent receptors as humans.

The textual descriptions are short—five lines at most—and the graphics convey a playfulness that belies the book’s educational intent, through colourful headers and footers, and lively fonts. Overlapping photographs and text boxes of different sizes show dogs in various states of rest, play and winsomeness. The book provides suggestions for further reading and online consultation.

This primer can be read cover to cover, browsed at random or simply enjoyed for its visual content. In any case, every page teaches us something and endears us to our proverbial best friend.

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    Use a RAN chart (Reading and Analyzing Non-fiction texts) and brainstorm what you know about dogs. Fill in the Wondering column.

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    As you read, adjust your RAN chart to recognize new learning and misconceptions. Continue to fill in the Wondering column.

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    Do research on the Internet site provided at the end of the book to find information about questions that have not yet been answered.

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    Pronunciation respelling of dog names is given when it is not obvious how to pronounce them using only basic decoding skills. Learn about pronunciation respelling and write out the names of the dogs for whom it is not given. Compare with a partner.

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    If you have a pet, or if you dream of having one, do some research on this animal. Describe them in the same style as the book.

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    Brainstorm words related to dogs. Write them on a class list.

  •  Explore the different sections of this book. How are the words organized?
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    The authors provided a pronunciation guide for some of the words. Are they using the same International Phonetic Alphabet as in dictionaries? How is it helpful or not?

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    Bring in pictures of your dog, or one you would like to have. Use the vocabulary from the book to describe your dog, orally or in writing.

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