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Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School Activities and Lesson Plans

If you are an elementary teacher looking for Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School activities and lesson plans, then you found the right place! This post includes the book’s summary, reading levels, teaching ideas, and recommended resources.

With the theme of making good choices, this Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School picture book by Julie Gassman is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. Your students are sure to love it too!

Check out the Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School activities and lesson ideas below!

Engage Your Students with Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School Activities & Lesson Plans in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL SUMMARY

Mrs. Larue’s dog, Ike, was a very spoiled dog. He would steal food off the counter, chase neighbor’s cats, howl loudly, and he even pulled Mrs. LaRue to the ground and tore her coat. Frustrated with his behavior, she made the decision to send Ike to the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy. 

 

Once at school, Ike started writing letters to Mrs. LaRue expressing his dislike for the boarding school. He felt he did not fit in there and did not think his actions were bad enough to have him sent away. Ike described the school as a prison and desperately wanted to come home. He even tried pretending to be sick in hopes of being picked up. When it was clear Mrs. LaRue would not be taking him before the end of the term, Ike decided he would escape. 

 

He spent some time traveling alone before he started to miss home, and Mrs. LaRue. One day when Mrs. LaRue was crossing the street, she forgot to look both ways! Thankfully, Ike had come home just in time to save her from getting hurt! Mrs. LaRue was so happy to have Ike home and was grateful he had saved her. She decided to throw him a party and even made his favorite meal! 

 

Told in through Ike’s letters home to Mrs. LaRue, choose from the included collection of either printable activities or go paperless and use the digital activities to practice standards-based skills. We’ve even included editable teaching slides themed to match the book! Students love this hilarious story about a spoiled dog’s problems at obedience school.

 

DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • analyzing character
  • point of view
  • analyzing illustrations
  • plot | problem – solution

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • making good choices

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • proper nouns
  • prefixes
  • adverbs
  • homophones

DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Dear Mrs. LaRue book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School?

  • Lexile® Measure: 730L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 28-30
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Julie Gassman. It was illustrated by Andy Elkerton.

What genre is Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School?

It is a fantasy book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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