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Big Dog and String-bean

Janice Jowers
Okaloosa County Schools


The students read a story and identify the pronouns. They determine what noun from the story these pronouns stand for. They then enhance their knowledge of pronouns by completing an assignment that practices this language skill.


The student uses elements of grammar in speech (including but not limited to present, past, future, and progressive verb tenses; subject-verb agreement; pronoun references; word order).


-Overhead copy of the story Big Dog and String-bean (see Associated File).
-Pronouns Introduction questions based on the story (see Associated file - under the Big Dog and String-bean story)
-Overhead projector
-Overhead making pens
-Big Dog and String-bean Practice Sheet (see Associated File)
- Big Dog and String-bean Practice Sheet answer key (see Associated File)


1. Download the story Big Dog and String-bean from the website and make an overhead copy.
2. Gather overhead projector and projector pens.
3. Download the Big Dog and String-bean Practice Sheet from the attached files and make enough copies for each student.
4. Download a copy of the answer sheet from the attached file.


1. Read the story Big Dog and String Bean to the students using the overhead copy so the students can follow along.

2. Refer to the underlined words in the story and tell the students they are pronouns.

3. Re-read the story with the students and fill in their answers to the questions at the bottom of the page. Those questions teach the students that pronouns stand for other words. Explain that pronouns take the place of nouns. Re-read the story and instead of reading the pronouns, read the nouns that the pronouns have replaced. Re-read the story using incorrect nouns to replace the pronouns so the children will see that pronouns replace only certain nouns, or the story does not make sense. Accept several suggestions from different students for the sentences they create using the same pronouns. Emphasize that these pronouns still stand for the same nouns.

4. Distribute the Big Dog and String-bean Practice Sheet to the students.

5. Explain the directions and complete one of the items with the students to ensure comprehension. Read the first sentence with the students. Ask them what they stands for. Demonstrate that they stands for Lou and Sue by replacing the word they with Lou and Sue to see if it makes sense. Ask the students to write a sentence using the word they as it refers to Lou and Sue. Encourage the children to share some of their sentences and praise the ones that are written correctly. If a student has not written the sentence correctly the teacher could say: John, that pronoun does not make sense in that sentence. Let's see if we can think of another way to use that pronoun. A positive comment might be: Jane, You have used that pronoun correctly and have written a creative interesting sentence.

6. Have the students complete the worksheet. While the students are completing their work the teacher should circulate and offer feedback to them. The teacher should check their work for comprehension and note the students who seem to be struggling. The teacher should offer them extra assistance.


To evaluate the studentsí comprehension of this skill, the teacher can do a formative assessment of their work on the Big Dog and String-bean worksheet. The students should identify the correct word that the pronoun refers to with 80% accuracy. If they do not reach 80% mastery, the students should be retaught and formatively assessed again.


Have the students turn their Big Dog and String-bean worksheet over and write three sentences. One sentence should have a person in it, one should have a place in it, and the other should have a thing in it. Then they are to write the same sentences using a pronoun instead of the noun. Have the students draw a picture of one of the sentences.
The students who might have difficulty with this assignment should work with a partner to read the sentences. This will enhance their level of competency in this skill.

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