Animals in Literature

Descriptions Grade Four

The following books are included in the Grade Four AnimalTales package.

New books, activities and resources will be added for the 2021-2022 school year.

A Home for Dakota

Jan Zita Grover

Dog No. 241, from a puppy mill breeding operation is rescued and taken to a warm, secure foster home. She is eventually renamed Dakota and learns to love and trust. A new challenge arrives when Dakota is adopted by a family with a little girl, Sweetie, who is undergoing recovery. Dakota and Sweetie learn from and take comfort in one another.

Reading Activities Include:

  • Discussing simple ways to help animals in your community
  • Determining the cost of owing an animal
  • Re-writing the story from the perspective of another character
  • Demonstrating empathy and compassion towards both animals and people

It's Raining Cats and Cats!

Jeanne Prevost

When Jim and his mom return home from the vet with Molly the cat after her surgery, Jim asks, “Why did we keep Molly from having kittens? I like kittens!” In this delightfully illustrated imagined journey into the future, Jim’s mom shows the many ways that Molly’s (and her kittens’) potential for multiplying would change their lives—and not for the better!

Reading Activities Include:

  • Identifying the benefits of having pets spayed & neutered
  • Discussing homeless animals and overpopulation
  • Solving animal related math problems
  • Discussing literary techniques that helped the author create imagery

Oh, Theodore! Guinea Pig Poems

Susan Katz

Theodore is a fuzzy guinea pig with his own unique personality. Through poetry you will discover all the work involved in caring for a pet including feeding, cleaning, and taking him out for exercise.

Reading Activities Include:

  • Identifying and using literary devices in own writing
  • Experimenting with vocabulary
  • Identifying the requirements for animal care

Call the Horse Lucky

Juanita Havill

When visiting her grandmother, Mel discovers a neglected horse. After the horse is transported to a rescue ranch, she learns about horse care. Although she would like to adopt the horse, she realizes that she is unable to since she lives in town and her family can’t afford the expense of a horse. When Lucky recovers and moves to a horse therapy ranch, Mel is thrilled that she can volunteer there and continue to bond with the horse she helped save.

Reading Activities Include:

  • Learning about the role of Alberta SPCA Peace Officers
  • Finding alternative solutions to problems regarding animals and predicting consequences of the solutions
  • Listing simple ways to show kindness to all living things
  • Defining and creating a mission statement

Also included in Grade Four AnimalTales

  • Teacher’s Guide (including curriculum connections)
  • Hands-on activity cards
  • Smartboard activities, activity sheets, and videos (online resources)

AnimalTales Request Form

Note: We will attempt to provide the program as close to this time as possible. You will receive an email confirmation verifying the availability of the program.

NOTE: Teachers can request one package for one time period. Multiple packages can not be sent to one teacher at the same time.

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