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The children's book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a great story for teaching young learners about teamwork and the importance of following rules. In a detailed, read-aloud instructional activity, children learn to use both the words and illustrations to draw inferences and understand the problems and solutions presented in a book. A graphic organizer and reading comprehension worksheet provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their comprehension of the story. To extend the instructional activity, a non-fiction reading passage about service dogs is also included, allowing for the class to make connections between the fictional story and the real world. A great instructional activity for developing reading comprehension skills in young readers.
Why are rules so important? Just ask the main characters in the children's book Officer Buckle and Gloria. After a class read aloud, compare and contrast the safety tips mentioned in the story with your classroom rules, noting any similarities and differences. Then pass out this activity, asking young learners to describe two class rules, create a new rule, and explain why rules are important. Consider reading this book near the beginning of the school year, using it to further develop and refine rules for the classroom.
Follow up a class reading of the children's book Officer Buckle and Gloria with this simple sequence-of-events worksheet. Including pictures of six key moments from the story, young learners must first number them in the correct order and then cut them out and staple them together, creating a little book. Send this final product home with the students and have them summarize the story to their family. A good resource for teaching children about the structure of narrative writing.
Students investigate the book of "Officer Buckle and Gloria" to practice the skill of reading comprehension while focusing upon finding correct traffic laws. They practice reading the story while conducting class discussion about obeying the rules.
In these prediction and reading comprehension worksheets, students make predictions about the story, answer several reading comprehension questions, and complete reading activities for synonyms, antonyms, and compound words.
Students examine personal safety tips. In this personal safety lesson, students read Officer Buckle and Gloria. Students then create a list of safety rules that children their age should follow.
Students write a class letter to a local policeman asking him to come and talk to the class and create a list of safety tips as a class. Students research information on police dogs: type of dogs used, where they come form, how they are trained, life expectancy etc.. Students create police hats to wear during the day, trace and cut out stars and write one safety tip on each star.
After reading Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann, have your first graders differentiate between Gloria's actions and Officer Buckle's actions. Using a Venn diagram organizer, kids cut out various events from the story and paste them in the correct places. You could use this activity as independent practice, or project it on a document viewer to complete as a class.
Use a worksheet about Officer Buckle and Gloria to show learners how listeners feel about each character. Though the resource itself only includes a summary of the story, the worksheet would be a good addition to a lesson about the actual story if you happen to have it.
Students listen to the teacher read a book about a police officer and his trained dog and make connections to their own personal safety habits. In this safety lesson, students create a classroom bulletin board of safety tips, and then draw Gloria the dog in the story acting out important safety tips.
What's the difference between a real dog and a pretend dog? First graders choose the illustrations of Gloria the dog from Officer Buckle and Gloria that show a dog doing something that a real dog can do, such as barking or sleeping in a dog bed.
Practice safety tips after reading Officer Buckle and Gloria with your first graders. A fun coloring page encourages kids to write a safety tip in a police officer's badge, then illustrate how to follow the tip.
A worksheet about Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann challenges young learners to decide which story events could be real, and which could be make-believe. After writing the events in each space, they then use the back of the page to write a sentence about the event that could not happen, and to draw a picture of it.
First graders access prior knowledge of community helpers.  In this role of the citizen lesson, 1st graders illustrate a school rule that betters the school community. Students role play community helpers. Students complete a worksheet about community helpers.
Explore anthills, bat and bird baseball, and the world of safety with these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Officer Buckle and Gloria," "ANTS," and "The Great Ball Game"). Your 2nd grade ELD learners will enjoy the lively animals in the stories as they practice their prepositions and conjunctions, as well as drawing conclusions and cause and effect, in several sentence frames. This lesson plan is differentiated into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Second graders see how to identify and describe character, setting, and plot in various stories from picture books and story videos. They use picture books and story videos to practice identifying and describing the story elements.
Second graders identify and describe character, setting, and plot in various stories from picture books and story videos. A Power Point presentation will be used to introduce story elements. Students use picture books and story videos to practice identifying and describing the story elements.
Students examine the story elements of characters, plot, and setting. They identify the story elements from various "ingredients" taken out of a pot, and add their own story element "ingredients" on index cards into the pot.
Help your elementary learners recall events from Peggy Rathmann's short story Officer Buckle and Gloria. Covering the main characters, events, and resolution of the story, the worksheet guides kids through the entire story, assisting them in understanding how the story unfolds.
Teach safety, as well as cause and effect with one worksheet. Kids cut the bottom boxes on the page and paste them in the correct places to show what happens when you don't follow safety rules. Though it's designed for Officer Buckle and Gloria, you could use the worksheet in any number of lessons.

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