Snow Dog, Go Dog...Rhyming as we Grow Dog

Hello and welcome to our second annual Winter Wonderland link up!  Last year, The Reading Crew sponsored a winter literacy hop, but we decided to run it a little different this time. Instead of hopping with the potential of dead links, we decided on a closed link up. What this means is that there is a "map" of the blogs at the bottom of each post, so you can hop through them all at once, visit some today and some later in the week, or see what best matches your literacy needs. 

On each blog, you will see a word in blue font. This is the blog's mystery word. Please be sure to record them because you will need each word for a five point entry in our raffle. To help you keep track, you can print and use [this form]. We are raffling off two wonderful prizes. We are giving away a copy of each book featured in our posts to two winners (K-2 group) and the (3-up group). Each prize package will include 12 books (K-2) and 13 books (3-up). 

On each blog, we will be sharing a mentor text lesson using the book we've chosen. The lesson will be modeling a reading skill (comprehension or writing typically, but some at the primary level may target vocabulary, fluency, or word building).  The materials that are shared may be forever freebies or may be free for a limited time. Please take note of this as you visit the blogs. 

Again, we welcome you to our blogs and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

I love Tinka and his excitement about the snow.  He reminds me of kindergartners...except, we all remember how long 5-year-olds actually play in the snow. As soon as they are cold, or slip in the snow, or get hit with a snowball, they are done.  It took longer to dress my son for his first outing in the snow...than his actual outing lasted.  
Tinka loves the snow.  From the first flurries to the piles of snow, he is ready to go, go, go.  Along with his boy, he runs, slides down a hill on a sled and on his belly, and even plays with another dog in the snow.  Unfortunately, he doesn't pay attention to wear he's running...and soon he's lost his boy.  Will the boy find him?  (Of course, he will.)  Will they get warm and cozy at the end?  (Of course, they do.)  You'll be all warm and cozy at the end, too.  BUT, my favorite part of the book is the language.  The text is rhyming, but it's a fun rhyming.  

This book is perfect for rhyming fun.  Introducing real rhymes like, "A glide dog, a ride dog, a body-sledding-slide dog." The rhymes are initially single word rhymes like chilly and silly, while the final rhyme is a multiple linked word rhyme like "a wants-to-romp-with-Millie dog."  This can set the students on a rhyming frenzy.  

My freebie includes "paint chip" rhymes from the story.  I LOVE paint chips.  I even wrote a whole blog about paint chips, Obsessed with Paint Chips.  Using the paint chips, students need to find new rhymes for the rhyme string in the story.

To kick up the rigor of this activity, your students can try to make a hyphenated rhyming phrase for the ending rhyme.

"A fun dog, a run dog, a run-until-we're-done dog." 
There are 2 other activities in the FREEBIE.  Writing Papers can be a fun addition to the rhyming phrases or students can tell about their day in the snow.  A summer paper is also included.  Why not move Tinka to the sand?  What could be more fun.

"A sandy dog, a dandy dog, a keep-a-bucket-handy dog."

Using the graphic organizer can help your students sequence the story.  What did Tinka do in the snow?  It will help with a retell or a summary.  They could also use Tinka's organizer to decide what they like to do in the snow.  

If you would like the Snow Dog, Go Dog FREEBIE, CLICK HERE or click the image below.

Before you go, I will remind you that my mystery word is flurries. You can enter it onto your sheet or into the rafflecopter below. Good luck to you, and I hope you'll come back soon.


  1. Looking forward to adding this to my winter book collection. Thanks for the freebie!

  2. So cute. My daughter, who is just one, makes me read Go, Dog, Go! over and over so that is what this book reminds me of because of the title!

    Literacy Spark

  3. Two of my favorites in one book--snowy weather and dogs! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing! I love the paint chip idea!

  4. Two of my favorites in one book--snowy weather and dogs! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing! I love the paint chip idea!

  5. Can't wait to check out this book. I love the paint chip idea. I'm always looking for new ideas for writing too. Thanks so much for your freebie.

  6. This sounds like a great book! I also love all things paint chips :-)