The______ I Followed_______

As we are winding down the school year I am getting to do some activities I never got to all year! One of my favorite and simple writing activities goes with the story The Night I Followed the Dog by Nina Laden

In my lesson, we do some prethinking activities before reading the book. Students think about what a dog might do when they are not home. We also think about what might a dog do in a story to make it funny! Then we watch the story online! It is free to listen to on Storyonline.

Once they listen to the story we talk about it and what made it so funny! Then we begin brainstorming their own ideas for a story! 

I write this on the board
The______ I Followed_______

I tell they they can pick anything to write about!
An animal
a pet
a friend
a person
a family member

And they had to pick a time of day! It didn't have to be night! It could have been:
the afternoon

My kids came up with some great things! I had

The night I followed my Parrot
The morning I followed my horse
The night I followed the Alien
The afternoon I followed my teacher
The list goes on and on! 

These stories were so good! The whole class was laughing! This is by far my favorite one. You just HAVE to read it!

Isn't that awesome! 

So I made up a unit last year and it is availabe in both my stores!

I will give away 3 copies of this writing activity to the first 3 comments! 

Don't forget about signing up for a spot on my Friday Freebie! You can click HERE to read all about it and sign up! Thanks to the people who have already signed up!

Have a great night everyone!


  1. I love this story! What a fun idea!

  2. What a great activity! Love the story. Adorable! :)

  3. This looks fantastic. I'm going to use this at my summer writing camp. Thanks for the idea!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. Thanks, Tonya!

  5. I know I'm not in the first 3 comments, but I absolutely love reading this book to my class every year. They love the way the author is creative with the words. I'm putting this unit on my wishlist!

  6. This is absolutely adorable! I love this idea! Thanks for the comment on my blog! :) I'm your newest follower! :)

    Adventures in Room 204

  7. I missed your freebie but this is adorable! Too cute. I'm pinning for later!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  8. I purchased your pack and it's terrific:). My students did a great job as well and I too love this book!! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Happy Summer,

    1. Awww thanks! I really appreciate it! The kids loved the story and had a blast making up their own!

  9. I love this! It sounds like something I would do :)
    Always A Lesson