Check out these 8 fun If You Give a Dog a Donut activities that are perfect for Kindergarten and first-grade teachers. After all, the letter Dd is a great time to use the book If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. I know you will love all of these If You Give a Dog a Donut Activities and Fun ideas for the week. Tying learning into literacy and math skills is a great, solid teaching tip to cover multiple standards in an inventive and engaging way to use If You give a Dog a Donut picture book.
If You Give a Dog a Donut Activities
You can check out this rhythmic text by Laura Numeroff, author of many books, and Felicia Bond as the illustrator, including If You Give a Dog a Donut by clicking here to grab the book, or here to see the story on YouTube. Younger students and younger children love this circular tale about a little boy and an exuberant dog who can hit a home run and do a happy dance. best yet, we have some amazing book activities to intrigue young readers like never before and make story time better than ever.
Letter Dd Charting and Write the Room
I love to use this chart (shown in the back) on my smart board to complete an interactive phonics chart with my students. My mentor teacher told me 15-plus years ago how charting was a great way to re-mediate and accelerate learning in the classroom. I have found her wise words to be completely true then and now. There is also a student copy they can use to chart along with you to write down many Dd words.
If you like to chart the whole group this is ideal, but what about using the same paper for more than one activity? If you like to Write the Room, I have an activity for you as well. There are three differentiated versions of write-the-room cards you can use. One version contains only the words, another contains the picture and word, and the third contains just the picture.
Sequencing If You Give a Dog a Donut Activities
Because our unit tie-in is to the book If You Give a Dog a Donut, Amazon Affiliate link to the book in case you need it, everything we do revolves around this book. We read the book several times and have a listening station for this book. Sequence the story in a pocket chart using these sequencing cards in a natural learning step next in If You Give a Dog a Donut Activities and Fun.
Once we sequence the parts of the story together, I have my students complete a small group sequencing activity. I created two sequencing activities to choose from in this adventure of a dog in a backyard adventure. What fun If You Give a Dog a Donut sequencing activities!
This sequencing sheet is a circle map to show how the story would continue to cycle through IF you give a dog a donut. This activity holds 8 out of the 10 parts of the story, making it slightly easier to complete.
Additionally, there is a second sequencing option that uses ordinal numbers. This option holds 10 sequencing options.
If You Give a Dog a Donut Printables for Writing
We also LOVE writing about what we read. To incorporate writing to reflect what we have read as a way to express learning. Here is a word wall with three differentiated writing prompts. One option is ideal for emergent writers and has the student just writing in what the dog got. Another option is slightly more challenging and has the student complete the sentence. The last option is a more experienced writer and is open-ended.
Reading Comprehension Activity
No week is complete without a reading comprehension game. My students have no clue I am really assessing them to see who understands, recalls, and can tell me what they remember about the book. They just know they are having fun and playing a game about the story they have enjoyed over the past few days. This game is a great game for a parent volunteer to play with students because it even comes with an answer key!
Sounding Out Words Game
One of my all-time FAVORITE activities is this donut game for If You Give a Dog a Donut activities. Students take their vowel card (it contains “plates” with the vowels showing in red) and a donut. Next, they place their donut on the plate and practice sounding out the word it creates.
You can see how this word becomes “tan.” But when you move it to the next vowel place it becomes “tin.”
Finally, you can see how it now becomes “ten.” This is a great If You Give a Dog a Donut read aloud activity!
Not every pairing of donuts and plates will create a real word. This is a teachable moment. I have included an optional recording sheet where you or students (or both) can record the real words and silly words.
Integrating Cooking If You Give a Dog a Donut activities
We love to cook in Kindergarten. It is simply one of those events that takes effort BUT I strongly feel is needed for these little ones. Since I do not have a sink or other necessities for cooking, we get creative! This circular story almost demands cooking some breakfast food, like making a donut. This is so much fun.
We use this donut maker and follow the recipe inside to mix the ingredients, whole class or small group. (I included an Amazon Affiliate link to a great cost-friendly donut maker that makes 7 small donuts at a time, versus 4 larger ones at a time.) What a great way to show the art of listening to and following directions, reading, and integrating math skills into one!
Here are the donuts cooking.
And our final product.
I took into consideration all food allergies and alerted my parents to this activity in advance.
The donuts have a few minutes to cook, so I like to have short activities to hold us over while they are cooking.
And honestly, more of my parents are excited that I am willing to cook with my class!
More If You Give a Dog a Donut Activities and Fun Ideas
One activity is this donut puzzle.
(Notice the 4 and 5 out of order on the top? That is on purpose so you can see how when the puzzle is together it creates a picture and if it is not correct, it is easy to spot an error.)
Another FUN activity is this initial sound file folder sorting activity.
Don’t forget the ART
Are you looking for If You Give a Dog a Donut craft? We create artwork with this book. Here is our dog for If You Give a Dog a Donut Activities and Fun.
We create a display using the art and writing prompts outside the door.
Keep in mind that Scholastic Book Clubs usually has this book in paperback for a GREAT price
and you can grab the listening station for it as well! This is ideal for creating an If You Give a Dog a Donut read-aloud experience.