Officer Buckle and Gloria: Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Author/Illustrator: Peggy Rathmann
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Year: 1995
Brief Summary: Officer Buckle works together with police dog Gloria to bring safety rules to children, learning a big lesson himself along the way.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Look at the endpapers of the book…what are some safety tips from Gloria? What kind of safety rules do we have at school, at home, in the community?
  • Study the pictures in this book…  Why do you think the children are all of a sudden paying attention?
  • Discuss teamwork.  Give examples of how teamwork sometimes make a project easier or better?  Do you like working in teams or by yourself?  What are the advantages or disadvantages of either?
  • Why do you think Officer Buckle feel bad when he saw the video?  Have you ever felt like he did?  What did you do to make yourself feel better?
  • Everyone has strengths and weaknesses.  What are Officer Buckle’s strengths?  How about Gloria?  How did they use their strengths and work together?  Thinking about your own strengths and weaknesses…who in your classroom can you pair up so your strengths complement each other?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Text-to-self connections
  • Social studies: team work, community working together, safety rules, etc.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. N/A
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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