The Seeing Eye School in Morristown, NJ.
here to read Beth's blog post about her visit. You can inquire about Beth visiting your school by clicking here! It was such a great opportunity for my students to meet a real-life author, to talk candidly with someone with a disability, and to see first hand what service dogs can do.
Before the visit, I built students' schema by reading them a book about service dogs called Animals That Help Us: Animals Helping with Special Needs by Claire Oliver. I also read my students this great book called May I Pet Your Dog? by Stephanie Calmenson. As a dog owner, I recommend that everyone share this book with children. I cannot tell you how many times a child will come lunging at my Chihuahua without asking me if he/she can pet him. I am very lucky that my Chihuahua is not a fear biter, but many are and if he were, that child would be in for a nasty nip on the hand. This book, also told from a dog's perspective, reviews the importance of asking "May I pet your dog?" The book even briefly touches upon not petting service dogs while they are working. After the reading, I had my students complete the writing prompt below. You can click on the picture to download the file from Google Docs.
Or, click the picture below to download the Australian version.
Click on the cover picture below to check out the book.
Again, you can click here to read Beth's blog post about her visit to our school and you can inquire about Beth visiting your school by clicking here!