Program Flyer: Does your Pet Have a Story? by Aline Alexander Newman


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Contact Information
Aline Alexander Newman
aanewman@northnet.org
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (315) 244-0493
Program Title
Does your Pet Have a Story? by Aline Alexander Newman
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
This program has not yet been evaluated.
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Maximum Number of Participants
80
Minimum Number of Participants
3
Primary Disciplines
Sciences, Character Education, Literacy, Writing, Reading
Video Clip
Program Description
For the pre-k through grade 2 students, we talk about what nonfiction is, and I give a short slide presentation about a rescued groundhog that lives in Dunkirk, NY, and predicts the weather. This is perfect for a February presentation because of Groundhog Day and the fact that this groundhog is New York State's version of Punxsutawney Phil. Then I read a short, true story from my National Geographic Kids Chapters book called RASCALLY RABBITS. This leads to an interactive activity followed by a discussion of the four main parts of a story and a bit about how editing works. Next, I show a few slides of two other naughty animals, including an Adirondack black bear and my own dog, whose stories also appear in the book.

For the upper grades, I give a more sophisticated version of this same program. This version includes an interactive quiz about dogs instead of the groundhog story. The quiz is based on another of my books, HOW TO SPEAK DOG, winner of the 2013 Animal Behavior Society award. It teaches kids how to understand canine body language and vocalizations. I then tell a true story about why accuracy matters, and we delve more deeply into the editing process. A question and answer session winds up the program.
Program Format
For pre-k through grade 2:

1. Introduction
2. Define nonfiction in books and magazines.
3. We read aloud a fictional rebus I wrote called "Puppy Love" and contrast that with nonfiction.
4. Presenter shows a series of slides on Dunkirk Dave, the rescued NYS groundhog said to predict the weather that appears in her nonfiction book, ANIMAL SUPERSTARS.
5. We dance the bunny hop.
6. Presenter shows her book, RASCALLY RABBITS and other animals behaving badly, and reads the story of her family rabbit aloud while showing photos of the same.
7. We discuss the structure of the rabbit story and break it into four parts.
8. Brief discussion of photo editing as it applies to another rabbit story.
9. View video of a thieving black bear, another character in RASCALLY RABBITS.
10. Presenter tells a funny anecdote about her dog, Moose, whose story also appears in RASCALLY RABBITS.
11. Presenter calls Moose into the room for a virtual introduction.

For grades 3 and above;

1. Introduction
2. Define fiction and nonfiction in books and magazines.
3. Participants take a quiz on dog behavior based on presenter's book HOW TO SPEAK DOG.
4. Discussion of fake news and the importance of accuracy based on a mistake discovered by a sharp-eyed, 10-year-old reader of HOW TO SPEAK DOG and a related magazine article.
5. Presenter shows her book, RASCALLY RABBITS and other animals behaving badly, and reads the the story of her family rabbit aloud while showing photos of the same.
6. We analyze the structure of the rabbit story and break it into four parts.
7. Expanded discussion of photo and text editing as it applies to another rabbit story.
8. Contrast the true rabbit story to a fictional story and discuss using a real happening to inspire a fictional story.
9. View video of a thieving black bear, another character in RASCALLY RABBITS.
10. Presenter tells a funny anecdote about her dog, Moose, whose story also appears in RASCALLY RABBITS.
11. Discuss the underlying theme of RASCALLY RABBITS.
12. Presenter calls Moose into the room for a virtual introduction.
13. We close with a question and answer session.
Objectives
After watching a presentation of "Does Your Pet Have a Story?" younger students will be able to:
1. Distinguish between fiction and nonfiction.
2. Understand that all stories share a similar structure.
3. Explain what an editor does.
4. Cite three examples of surprising animal behavior..
5. Develop an appreciation for and desire to protect animals.

Older students will be able to do the above plus the following:
1. Recognize a fearful and possibly dangerous dog by the way it holds its tail.
2. Explain why accuracy and fact checking are important.
3. Describe the overall structure of a story and name its four parts.
4. Identify the theme of a book or story.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RF.1 -- Reading: Foundational Skills
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RF.2a -- Reading: Foundational Skills
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RI.2 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RI.6 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RI.7 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RI.9 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RL.1 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RL.2 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.RL.5 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.W.2 -- Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.1.W.6 -- Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.RL.3 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.RL.5 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.W.3 -- Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.2.W.5 -- Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RL.3 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.RL.9 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.3.W.3 -- Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RL.2 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.W.3 -- Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.W.4 -- Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.W.9b -- Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RL.2 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.W.3 -- Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.WHST.3 -- Writing Literacy in History/Social Studies/Science/Technical Subjects: Writing
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RL.2 -- Reading: Literature
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.W.5 -- Writing
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
New York State
Science
P-:S1-1 Life Sciences: Observe familiar plants and animals (including humans) and describe what they need to survive.
K-ESS2-2 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Animals, Plants, and Their Environment: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
1-LS3-1 Structure, Function, and Information Processing: Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that some young plants and animals are similar to, but not exactly like, their parents.
2-LS4-1 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
3-LS4-1 Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
3-LS3-2 Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits: Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
Program Length
30 minutes for pre-k students, kindergarten, grades 1 and 2. 45-60 minutes for grades 3-8.
Program Cost
By Request: $300.00
By Request Premium: $270.00
Program Fee Notes
Cancellation Policy
No charge for programs cancelled due to such events as snow days. And we will make every effort to reschedule. If that is impossible, or the program is cancelled for some other reason, with less than two days notice, a $100 kill fee will be charged.
Is recording allowed?
No

Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)
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