Great Gracie Chase, Stop that Dog! Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
- The Great Gracie Chase, Stop that Dog! by Cynthia Rylant
- photocopied pictures from the book
- masking tape or a plastic table cloth
Set Up and Prepare
Look at the cover and discuss author, title and illustrator. What do you think this book is about? Look at the title page and discuss the author, title, illustrator and publisher. What are their jobs? Look at the copyright.
Have the children do a Flow Map/Thinking Map with pictures from the book. Different students can come up and put a picture in the correct sequence, using arrows to lead to the next event. With this activity the students can retell the entire story. If a student makes a mistake and the story is out of sequence, the students will quickly let you know.
Have the students do another Flow Map telling only the beginning, the end, and the three most important events in the story. To do this activity, tape off 5 12" x 12" squares on the floor to represent the five parts of the story. (You can also make this Flow Map by drawing it on a plastic tablecloth.) Discuss with the children the most important events in the story. (This may be different with each class) Have the students come up and stand in a square to tell their part of the story. The students can rearrange themselves to get in the right sequence.
Supporting All Learners
The sequencing activity allows the students to get up and move around which helps with attention.
Make an origami dog to look like Gracie.