User Guide Just One More Pet

User Guide to Just One More Pet
Just One More Pet

Things to Explore with Ruff

  • Animals 
  • Memory and Concentration
  • Matching
  • Sorting and Order
  • Same and Different
  • Rhyming Words
  •   Fishing for ABCs and More
  • Patterned Sentence "I have a ...."



Start Your Imagination Engines


Ask the children to take a pretend key out of their pocket and unlock their imagination.  Use your hand to cover up the pets on the front cover and show the children the front cover.  Read the title and introduce Ruff.

Some Sample Questions


 Who is this boy? (His name is Ruff and he has a lot of pets.)

 What pets do you think he might have?

 What does the title mean, “Just One More Pet”?

 What pet might he want? 

 Do you have a pet?  What pet would you want?

 Why does he wear a red cap?  (He loves rugby and is always ready to play.)

 What is rugby?


HAPPY Step #1  Hear It



Put on Track #1.  Have the children just listen and look.  Turn the pages and point to the animals that are named.  For the first lesson, introduce the book and song.  Relax and enjoy!


HAPPY Step #2    Activate It


Make the learning active by incorporating an age appropriate game.  Several games have been given, so you can have a variety of ways to play.  For example, one lesson can be to find the matches and the next lesson to explore the concepts of same and different. 



Activities for 2-3 Year Olds



Lay one set of cards face up in a row on one side of the room.  Line the children up on the other side of the room.  Give each child a card while you say the animal or person on the card.   Count down, “5,4,3,2,1” and tell the children to walk across the room and find the same card.  The children should bring the matching cards back to the starting line.  The teacher takes those cards and gives a new card.  Repeat the process until all cards have been matched.



Have the children sit in a circle.  Put all cards face down in the middle of the circle.  Have the children take turns to turn over one card at a time.  Then ask the children to check if there is a match.  If so, explain to the children why it is a match.  For example,  “CAT, CAT   It’s the SAME.”  Repeat the process until all matches have been found.  The teacher can collect the matching cards or have the children put the matching cards behind them.



The teacher holds the cards and turns over a few cards at a time making sure there is only one match at a time.  For example CAT, DOG, MOUSE, ALLIGATOR, CAT.  Then the teacher asks the children to find the ones that are the same.  This can be done in turns if possible.  If the children are not able to take turns yet, ask all the children to find the cards that are the same.  






ABC Fishing
Fish Template for ABC Fishing

For Ages 2-3





Using the template provided, make fish for Ruff’s lake.  Make 26 identical fish using the same color and markings.  Write one uppercase letter on each fish.   Attach a small paper clip to each fish and fashion a fishing pole out of  tightly-rolled paper or  a drum stick.  Attach a small ring magnet to the end with string.  When a child “catches” a fish, he or she can put it on the appropriate place on the ABC chart.  At a subsequent lesson,  introduce lowercase abc fish and make a chart of this as well.  Once these are becoming familiar, mixing the fish in the same pond and offering both uppercase and lowercase charts will provide a multi-task game.  Children will need to sort and match.  


For older children, more challenging games can be introduced.  For example, they can fish for the cool key words in each book ( in this case animals).   Finally rhyming words can be introduced so that children are looking for patterns to words and develop their intuition about word families.  When introducing a new concept, give the children only one chart until they understand the pattern.  Then when a clear understanding is gained,  you can put all the fish in the pond with lots of fishing poles and see if they can figure out which chart the fish belong on.  



Fish Template 

 You can make 26 fish quickly by copying one and tracing it onto construction paper.  Then staple several sheets of construction paper together with the cut-out template on top and you can cut about five at a time.  Adding the markings and the uppercase letter only takes a few minutes.  You can use the same process to make lowercase ABC fish, key word or rhyming word fish.


You can make a big chart like this on large poster board or a very large sheet of construction paper.  The lowercase chart, key word chart and rhyming word chart can be made in the same way