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Dot the Fire Dog Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Dot The Fire Dog will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of courage and responsibility, this Dot The Fire Dog picture book by Lisa Desimini is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with Dot The Fire Dog Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Dot The Fire Dog. You can find it in the section below.
  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 Dot The Fire Dog reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

DOT THE FIRE DOG SUMMARY

The story, Dot the Fire Dog, follows Dot and her life at the fire station. When there isn’t a fire, she rests by the big rubber boots, and the fighters might be cooking dinner, reading a book, or playing catch. When the alarm goes off though, everyone drops everything they are doing and they put on their gear and head out to the firetruck!

They all ride in the firetruck to the fire and Dot and another firefighter go into the house to rescue an old sick man and his kitten. The firefighters work hard to put out the fire as they get the man and kitten outside.

When the fire is put out, Dot and the firefighters go back to the station where they check their gear, clean their gear, and wash the truck. When all that is done, they rest until the alarm goes off again.

DOT THE FIRE DOG 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 Dot The Fire Dog, 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 Dot The Fire Dog reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • authors purpose
  • sequencing
  • summarizing/retelling

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • courage
  • responsibility

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • action verbs
  • adjectives
  • onomatopeia

DOT THE FIRE DOG 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
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Dot The Fire Dog?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD460L
  • Guided Reading Level: k
  • DRA Level: 20
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.5-2.6

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Lisa Desimini. It was illustrated by Lisa Desimini.

What genre is Dot The Fire Dog ?

It is a fiction 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 40 pages long.

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