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BLAST Early Learning



by Lois Ehlert
The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying words such as "roof," "rough," "bark," and "wolf."


bark george
Bark, George
by Jules Feiffer
George is a puppy who does not sound like a puppy should, despite the efforts of his mother.

Please, Puppy, Please
by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee;

illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Two toddlers have fun with their puppy.

Open-ended Questions for Rrralph :

• Do you think that Ralph can really talk, or is he just like other dogs?



How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?
How much is that doggy in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggy in the window?
I do hope that doggy’s for sale!



There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o
B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O,
And Bingo was his name-o


Vocabulary Word:

bark: n. the outside covering of the trunk of a tree

“Ralph, what’s on that tree? BARK BARK BARK
(taken from Rrralph! by Lois Ehlert)



Math: Match the Dog Game (
Have dog cut-outs with different numbers of dots on them. Have dog house cut-outs with corresponding numbers written on them. The children count the dots on each dog and match it to the dog house with the corresponding number.

Art: Bone Prints (

What You Need:
• Paper
• Paint
• Large box of dog bone snacks
• Bowls

Purchase a box of large dog bone snacks. Set the bones, shallow bowls of paint, and colorful construction paper on a table. Allow the students to dip the bones into the paint and press them on their papers to make designs. Talk about why dogs enjoy the snacks and why the snacks are beneficial (source of vitamins, helps clean the teeth). You may also wish to explain that people often use these snacks as treats when they train dogs as well as other animals.


Obedience School (
Based on Simon Says, preface the commands with "the trainer says." Use appropriate dog tricks or behaviors such as: lie down, beg for a treat, roll over, speak (woof), scratch your ear, wag your tail, show your tongue and pant.

Doggie, Doggie, Where's Your Bone? (
Children sit in a semicircle with one child sitting in a chair facing away from the group. Place a toy bone, or beanbag under the chair. One child is chosen to go "steal the bone". All of the children then sit with their hands behind their backs and say, "Doggie, doggie, where's your bone? Someone stole it from your home!" The "Doggie" then turns around and tries to guess who has the bone.



Before You Were Mine
by Maribeth Boeltz; pictures by David Walker

A young boy imagines what his rescued dog's life might have been like before he adopted him.


Hondo and Fabian
by Peter McCarty

Hondo the dog gets to go to the beach and play with his friend Fred, while Fabian the cat spends the day at home.


by Helen Stephens
A stray dog and a lonely boy become fast friends at a neighborhood park, but everything changes when the boy's family decides to move away.

dog from arf to zzzzzz

The Dog from Arf! Arf! to Zzzzzz
the Dog Artlist Collection
This noisy alphabet book of dog sounds and commands will appeal to the dog lover in everyone.