Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann


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Lit Lesson by Mallory Pickens

Officer Buckle has a difficult time holding students’ attention when sharing his beloved safety tips until Gloria, a police dog, joins him. The experience leads to an important lesson on the value of friendship and teamwork.

Possible strategies for instruction:


  • Infer and support with evidence.
  • Recognize and explain cause-and-effect relationships.


  • Use the pictures . . . Do the words and the pictures match?
  • Cross checking.


  • Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody.

Expand Vocabulary

  • Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing.
  • Use prior knowledge and context to predict and confirm meaning.

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