MAC’S SECRET DOG CLUB (Episode
Mac starts a club and tries to exclude T-Bone. When Cleo and Clifford
refuse to join without T-Bone, Mac gets lonely being the only member of
such an “exclusive” club. Mac soon opens the club to everyone.
Big Idea: Be Kind
Experiencing the fun and excitement that accompanies cooperative
games can teach important lessons in the areas of:
- life skills and social literacy
- critical and creative thinking
Mac thought that starting a club for certain members only was a good
idea, but realized quickly that including everyone would lead to more
fun. When you are talking about this episode with the child, you may
want to ask the following questions:
- Would you ever consider starting a club like Mac’s?
- How do you think T-Bone felt about being left out?
- How would you feel about being left out of a club that a friend
- How would you feel if a friend of yours was left out of a club that
you were invited to join?
- Would you do what
Cleo and Clifford did for their friend T-Bone?
With a Group:
This listening game requires everyone to sit in a circle. Ask the children
to take turns naming words that describe a good friend. The first person
states a “friendly” word or phrase, such as generous. The next person
repeats the first word or phrase and adds another, such as willing to
share. Play continues in this way, with each player repeating everything
that has come before and adding something new. The last person has the
Variations include naming a favorite book, a favorite animal, or a
With a Group:
Divide children into groups of four. Give each child a piece of drawing
paper and give each group six crayons. Explain that each group must
figure out a fair way to share the crayons. After the children have
drawn their pictures, each group will show and tell how they decided
to share the crayons.