I highly recommend the book Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman and Machiyo Kodaira. If you love dogs, you'll enjoy this book. It's only 96 pages and available in softcover. Any SGS student who reads this book and answers these three questions will receive a special present from me purchased in Japan. Here are the questions. Remember when you post to not click on the envelope icon but rather the "post your comments" link instead, and once you've done this to click Anonymous selection so that you do not have to put in your email address or register.
1. In 20 words tell what the story Hachiko Waits is about. Use exactly 20 words, no more, no less! Do not copy anyone else's 20 word summary.
2. If I were to have my fourth graders read this story next year, what should the focus be? In other words, what should the theme, the point of me having my students read it be? This might be to learn a lesson, to learn about Japan or Japanese culture, or something else. Explain your answer.
3. Research and tell me about a similar animal in our U.S. history. If you're not sure where to start looking ask your parents.