Lyle Walks the Dogs
by Bernard Waber
Lyle Crocodile has a job walking dogs! Lyle loves dogs, but how many can he handle all at once?
Resources for Lyle Walks the Dogs:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

How many dogs can Lyle walk at once?

Math Connections: 

Counting           Ordinal numbers

Activities to do together: 

  • Stop and count the dogs on each page together 
  • Walking in the park, count the dogs you encounter; discuss the differences in the dogs’ color, shape, and size. 

  • Talk about the characteristics that all dogs share and how dogs are different from one another. 

Extension Questions: 

  1. How many dogs do you think you could walk at one time? As many as Lyle, or more than Lyle? Less than Lyle?

  2. Are all of Lyle’s dogs the same? What differences do you notice?

  3. Do you think Lyle kept walking more and more dogs? How many do you think he could handle at once?

  4. How are dogs and crocodiles the same? How are they different?

  5. The first couple of ordinal numbers are first, second, and third. They tell the order something is in. What are the ordinal names of the next several numbers?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts: 

all, count, eight, eighth, fifth, first, five, four, fourth, nine, ninth, one, picking up (rate), second, seven, seventh, six, sixth, ten, tenth, third, three, two, under

California Early Math Project 2020