TeachKind Rescue Stories: Freddie on the Run (Grades 3–5)

Has Carly the “cow” visited your school yet? If so, you and your students know all about the sophisticated emotional lives of cows and how humans’ consumption of dairy affects them. (If not, send us an e-mail at [email protected] to find out when Carly will be in your neighborhood.)

Kids in audience asking questions about Carly the cow

Carly the cow event at Banning Rec. Center

Carly’s tale is so captivating because it’s a rescue story. Real-life stories of humans helping animals like her are all over the internet, and sharing them with your students is an excellent way to promote kindness both in and out of the classroom. They’re great for engaging and motivating different types of learners and can encourage all kids to take action to help end animal suffering.

Use the following TeachKind Rescue Stories reading comprehension worksheet to help students in grades 3–5 learn more about cows and understand that no one deserves to be used for food. Featuring key vocabulary words and literal, inferential, and evaluative questions, this reading comprehension exercise centers around Freddie, a cow who became famous after he ran away from a slaughterhouse in New York City.

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Freddie, minutes after his rescue…

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Use other TeachKind resources to create an entire lesson around this rescue story, which can easily be incorporated into your next English language arts unit and is great for English-language learners, too. Be sure to visit SkylandsSanctuary.org to read more about Freddie and his friends. You can use this worksheet to address the following Common Core English language arts standards:

Grade 3

    Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Grade 4

    Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Grade 5

    Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Download Freddie’s Rescue Story Reading Comprehension Worksheet!

Download this lesson in digital format here!

Please share these resources with other teachers to inspire them to include compassion for animals in their curricula.

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind