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Animal lessons for intermediate students

So You Think You Want a Pet

So You Think You Want a Pet lessons are a fun, realistic way for kids to use math and critical thinking skills to explore what’s needed to be a responsible animal caregiver.

  • What’s it all going to cost?
  • Is there enough time today?
  • Pet matching

You Can Make a Difference

The activities in You Can Make a Difference help students advocate for animals. Developing skills in responsible advocacy enables them to build confidence to speak up for causes they believe in.

You Can Make a Difference is designed to show students a variety of approaches they can apply to any social cause they are passionate about.

  • Creating a good poster or display
  • Planning a fundraising event
  • Giving an engaging presentation

Home on the Free-Range Farm

Through the lessons in Home on the Free-Range Farm, students learn what the labels on egg cartons mean and how they relate to egg production systems. By looking at the natural behaviours of chickens and their living conditions, students will think critically about where their food comes from. The lessons are intended to be used after each chapter in the corresponding video.

  • Mind map (pre-video lesson)
  • Test your chicken IQ (pre-video lesson)
  • Introduction
  • Anatomy of a chicken
  • Behaviours of chickens
  • Nutrition for chickens
  • Living conditions
  • Egg development
  • Grading eggs
  • Meat versus egg chickens
  • What to buy
  • Who is Ian Duncan?
  • Extension activities

Pet Overpopulation: A Problem We Can ‘Fix’

The interactive and thought-provoking lessons in Pet Overpopulation: A Problem We Can ‘Fix’ challenge students to come up with solutions to the community cat overpopulation problem.

  • Community cats and the ecosystem (science lesson)
  • Catistics (social studies lesson)
  • Cat math (math lesson)
  • Catboy: a novel study on pet overpopulation (language arts lesson)

Social Justice: Including Animals in the Conversation

Lessons from Social Justice: Including Animals in the Conversation explore social justice issues such as inequality, stereotyping and our values and beliefs in relation to animals. Using animals as a bridge to discuss social justice issues helps ease students into sensitive and personal issues such as racism and stereotyping.

  • Stereotypes and influences on our beliefs
  • Animals in society/media literacy
  • Animal welfare: understanding the terms and discovering the issues

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