Stories of people helping animals are all over the internet, and sharing them with your students is an excellent way to encourage kindness both in and out of the classroom. Because most children naturally feel compassion for animals, sharing rescue stories is a great way to engage and motivate different types of learners and encourage them to take action to help end animal suffering.
TeachKind’s Rescue Stories reading comprehension worksheets tell a different animal’s tale of transformation each month and feature key vocabulary words and questions in order to encourage literal, inferential, and evaluative thinking. This month’s rescue story is about Christmas, a dog who was found as a puppy by PETA Asia staffers on a remote island in the Philippines. He was lucky to receive treatment for a lice infestation and two wounds on his back—and now he’s living his best life in a loving home where he doesn’t have to struggle to survive. Use Christmas’ story to teach your students the importance of adopting—not buying—animal companions and having them spayed or neutered.
Use other TeachKind resources to create an entire lesson around this story. You can use this worksheet to address the following Common Core English language arts standards.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Be sure to watch Christmas’ heartwarming video to bring his story to life: