Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dog's Colorful Day {Book Review}


Have you seen this book?  I am head over heels for it's fun, bright pictures and repetitive text.  My kids are in love with the quirky storyline and all of the funny things that happen to Dog.  This book combines learning about colors with counting.  

Dog starts out with one black spot on his left ear.  At breakfast, a drop of red jam lands on his back, SPLAT!  Now Dog has two spots.  He continues getting into sticky situations like rolling in green grass, being pet by a boy with brown chocolatey hands and dipping his tail in a bucket of blue paint.  By the end of the book, Dog has 10 spots and is a total mess.  

This book is fantastic for retelling!  My kids love telling the story of how Dog got all of his spots.  It would also be fantastic for a minilesson about color words, counting, using figurative language in writing, or story sequencing.

My amazing para did a directed art lesson with the kids, retelling the story as they drew.  I think they came out super precious!  Of course, there is also common core alignment :)


 
Objective and Common Core Standards





We also painted Dog at the easel. 
 
I put out one cup of black paint with a skinny brush at each easel, plus a variety of Do-A-Dot markers.  I was so impressed by what they came up with, and in love with the fact that it was so much less messy than usual!
 
We made an emergent reader from Making Learning Fun

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I also made a fine motor game by printing and laminating the dog below (not the cards).  I found pom poms that correspond to the ten colors in the book, along with some fine motor tweezers.  Children retold the story by picking up pom poms with the tweezers and placing pom poms on the dog.  This was great for fine motor, oral language and was just plain fun!  I will try to take a picture of it next week.


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There are so many great ideas for this book {HERE}... I would definitely suggest checking it out!

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