Grab a set of free The Very Very Very Long Dog activities! This post not only includes a video read-aloud, but also several free printables to use right alongside the book. You can use these ideas and activities for distance learning with preschoolers, kindergarteners, first graders, or second graders!
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The Very Very Very Long Dog
This story is a fan favorite at our house! My little ones absolutely LOVE to read The Very Very Very Long Dog, and it’s one that we’ve read a few (LOTS) of times.
It tells the tale of sweet Bartelby, a sweet Dachshund who lives in a bookstore. He’s a wonderful dog, with a very problematic read end. It’s always causing all kinds of trouble unbeknownst to him. His friends are constantly apologizing for his mishaps, and ultimately help him figure out a solution. You can purchase it HERE or by clicking the cover below!
Recorded Video Read-Aloud
Since many of us are distance learning right now, and can’t access our friendly neighborhood libraries, I’ve recorded The Very Very Very Long Dog for your students to watch and listen to.
The Very Very Very Long Dog Activities
There are so many different ways to use this story. I used it at home with my preschoolers, and incorporated a variety of math and reading activities alongside it.
Problem and Solution
Naturally, this story lends itself to teaching about problem and solution. I set the story up by telling my kiddos that we were going to try to figure out what the problem was. At the end of the story, we talked about how the problem was solved.
This is a GREAT story for teaching this skill because the problem and solution are very obvious. While I only discussed this with my 4- and 6-year-old, you could have older children write and/or draw about it.
Making a dog number line
My 6-year-old is headed to the preschool in the fall. We are working on recognizing numerals to 30, and this seemed the perfect opportunity to make a dog number line!
At first, we made our dog number line from 0-10. I put the number cards into a pile and they took turns putting the numbers in order. Then, we made a larger number line to 20. We’re going to continue doing this until we get up to 30. Afterwards, we used our Bartelby cut-out to identify numerals along the line.
If your child is just starting to recognize numerals, stick to making a dog number line from 0-5. Then, build upon it from there as they can independently recognize other numerals.
Weiner dog non-standard measurement activity
Another math activity you could do with your kiddos, would be measuring with the Bartelby cut-outs! There are two different sizes of cut-outs, as well as two different recording sheets. One recording sheet has prefilled objects to measure, and the other allows the child to pick.
Hotdog and Hamburger Patterning Activity
Another skill I’m working on with my preschoolers is patterning. This really takes some thought, so practice is essential! I model AB and ABB patterns and they show them with the hotdog and hamburger patterning pieces.
Another great kindergarten readiness skill is learning positional words and their meanings. To do this, I recreated the bookstore where Bartelby lives. Then, they used the small cut-out and followed my directions. Some examples:
Put Bartelby ON TOP of the bookstore.
Place Bartelby NEXT TO the mailbox.
Move Bartelby ABOVE the sign.
In addition to positional words, we did other things, too. We identified and counted rectangles, spelled the word bookstore, etc. You can even incorporate 2-step directions (i.e. move Bartelby under the door and then next to the window).
Directed Draw: Bartelby
Lastly, you can wrap up your The Very Very Very Long Dog activities with a Bartelby directed draw! I’ve recorded a step-by-step video for you to share with your students that will teach them to draw this sweet little character.
They will be drawing Bartelby the moment he discovers it is his bottom that is causing such a calamity! He’s truly a very loveable little guy.
Writing on Windows
One other activity we did yesterday – unrelated to The Very Very Very Long Dog – was writing our names and tracing/copying shapes on our sliding glass doors. We started by scrubbing down the windows, of course! (Seriously, if cleaning something involves spray, my kids are DOWN!)
We used these Crayola Window Markers to practice our writing skills.
I always feel like my kids are more motivated to do something when it’s novel. And, writing on the windows is just that. Give it a try! (I’ve heard you can use Expo markers, too!)
More Video Read-Alouds & Lessons
I’ve been trying to get creative lessons out to y’all several times a week! I hope it helps you in some small way while working out distance learning with your kiddos! Click on the links below to check them out!
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