Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dogzilla and Kat Kong - Mentor Text Linky

The Collaboration Cuties have a great linky about mentor text ideas and lessons! What a great linky! I have gotten so many wonderful ideas.

Today, I'm sharing....Dogzilla and Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey. 

I love starting the year with this writing activity. It goes right along with reviewing the scientific process/method. We review the vocabulary using a scientific method flip book I created. Students must incorporate the vocabulary in the writing.

Mousopolis is having the very First Annual Barbecue Cook-Off. Dogzilla is awakened by the yummy aroma of barbecue sauce!  As Dogzilla's horrible doggy breath fills the streets, 
the residents of Mousopolis must run for their lives. 
Can they get rid of that big stinky dog before it's too late?

The website, The Writing Fix, has the entire lesson.

  • Lesson  and 6 Traits Overview
  • Student Instructions
  • Teacher Instructions and Lesson Resources
  • Student writing samples

There is even an interactive part for students that might need some ideas!

Over at TpT store is the scientific method flip book I created. I have my students work in pairs to complete the flip book.  Then, they paste it in their science notebook.

Head over to discover many other "Must Read" mentor texts and 
how teachers are using them in their classroom!


  1. Love it! So fun...and you know I'm a big fan of writing fix. :) Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. Thanks for sharing these books and great writing activity. Love it all! Can't wait to use it next year.

  3. What a hoot! Love the writing idea--and the kids LOVE these books! Thanks so much for sharing...

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

    1. Dav Pilkey is such a great author!

  4. We did this exact lesson (yay writing fix!) and my 5th graders loved it! They were so creative with it. It was a great story to share (we used the iPads to make an "e-book" of sorts) with our K-1 buddies!

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

    1. Love the iPad idea to make an e-book! Thanks!

  5. I have never thought about doing this! And, I am so bad about not looking online for lesson ideas that could help me! I think sometimes I make things more difficult for myself! I will have to look at this!!

    I'm so glad you linked up!
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. I hear ya! Writing Fix and Read-Write-Think are 2 of my "go to" sites for lessons-(not to mention teacher blogs!)
      Love your linky!