Lesson Plan: Choose Wisely (for Under 5′s)

Last updated: November 24, 2017

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A mother hen and her chicks illustration

Technology Level: Classroom based

Audience: Ages 8 and Under (Specifically for under 5′s)

Duration: 25 minutes

Objective:

This lesson aims to introduce students to the RSPCA ‘Choose Wisely’ Campaign. Students will investigate what chickens like to do for fun and apply this knowledge to compare different farming styles. Through discussion students will decide on what sort of farming methods they think the chickens would prefer and why.

Prior Knowledge

This lesson was inspired by the first Queensland Kindergarten to join the RSPCA Choose Wisely Campaign. Keperra Kids R Us has joined as a gold member of Choose Wisely, which means everything egg-related that they serve to the children is made using cage-free eggs. For more information about the RSPCA campaign against battery hens visit our ‘Fair Go For Farm Animals’ website at: www.rspcaqld.org.au/campaigns/batteryhens/and our ‘Choose Wisely’ site: www.choosewisely.org.au

Materials:

  • Five life size chickens (either plush or life size pictures are suitable)
  • A ‘cage’ that fits the chickens in it

Resources

  1. Lesson Plan
  2. RSPCA Flip Cards: Choose Wisely (PowerPoint)
  3. RSPCA Press release: ‘Kids say the chicken does come first…Then cupcakes!’

Procedure:

Lesson Procedure
Topic Notes
1. Introduction(3 mins)
1.1Introduce Self (1 min) 1.1 Flip Card 1:

Today we are going to learn more about a group of people who help animals in the community, the RSPCA.

1.2 RSPCA Letters (1 min) 1.2 Flip Card 2:

“Each letter of ‘RSPCA’ stands for a different word.”

Go through the real RSPCA letters briefly on the left and then explain the ‘easier ones to remember’ on the right – Really Special People Caring for Animals.

Animals at RSPCA (1 min) 1.3 Flip Card 3:

“What kind of animals do we care for at RSPCA? All kinds. At RSPCA we look after pets (give examples), farm animals (give examples) and wildlife (give examples). In fact we look after all creatures great and small.

2. Body(20 mins)
2.1 Fun For Chickens(2 mins) 2.1 Flip Card 4:

Today we are going learn more about chicken.! Discuss with students what they think that chickens might like to do for fun.

2.2 Chickens like to: Flap their wings(2 mins) 2.2 Flip Card 5:

“Chickens have great big wings like a duck! They like to stretch their wings out and flap them all about! Lets all pretend to be chickens! We will need plenty of room to flap our wings!

Have the students pretend to be chickens and flap their wings.

2.3 Chickens Like to: Have dust baths(2 mins) 2.3 Flip Card 6:

Chickens simply love to have a nice bath outside in the fresh air and sunshine – but they don’t like the kind of baths that we have. .hey like to have a nice bath in fresh dust.  Lets all pretend to have a nice dust bath like a chicken loves to do.

Have students pretend to have dust baths.

2.4 Chickens like to: Chase bugs in the grass(2 mins) 2.4 Flip Card 7:

Chickens like to chase bugs in the grass – just like you like to chase your friends at lunch time in the playground. Come on – lets chase some bugs in the grass.

2.5 Chickens Like to: Lay their eggs in a nest(2 mins) 2.5 Flip Card 8:

Chickens like to lay their eggs in a nest. Lets all make ourselves a lovely soft nest to lay our eggs in and settle in nice and comfy.

Have the students pretend to make themselves a nice soft nest to lay their eggs in.

Have students pretend to have dust baths.

2.6 Chickens like to: Play with their friends(2 mins) 2.6 Flip Card 9:

Just like us, chickens like to play with their friend.

 Have students pretend to be chickens playing with their friends.
3. Conclusion (2 mins)
3.1 ‘Cage Free’ Eggs (2 mins) 3.1 Flip Card 10:

The RSPCA thinks that all chickens should be ‘cage free’. This means that they could be a ‘free range’ or a ‘barn’ chicken, but NOT cage. So we encourage people to buy eggs that are ‘cage free’. You can be sure that if you see the RSPCA logo on an egg carton that the chickens that laid these eggs are healthy and happy.

Curriculum Links

Queensland Early Years Curriculum: Phase Descriptors

Curriculum Links for this lesson
Key Learning area Curriculum link
Health & Physical Learning Gross Motor

PA Students understand that their bodies are capable of moving in different ways and can demonstrate a variety of fundamental movement skills. They understand that changes occur to their bodies during and after exercise. Students also understand that there is a range of physical activities which people watch and play.

Active Learning Processes Imagining & Responding

DR The Arts

DMU Technology

Social & Learning Social Learning (sustaining relationships)

HPE: PD & HPE: DPD Students understand that they can be described in personal family and community terms. They understand how they can change as they grow and develop. Students understand that the ways they interact with and relate to others differ. They demonstrate the basic skills to communicate and work effectively with others.

Suggested Homework Activities

Students discuss cage free chickens their parent/guardian.

Suggestions for Adapting this Lesson for Lower or Higher Year Levels

Lessons investigating egg production for older students are available for Ages 9 to 13 – Conscious Consumerism – Egg Production on the WOAW site.

References

  1. Slide 1: www.westernfolklife.org/
  2. Slide 2: http://www.housesforhens.co.uk/lg_images/Chicken_Pole_House_Forget-me-not_Blue.jpg
  3. Slide 3: http://images28.fotki.com/v974/photos/4/43873/2513376/DSCN1163-vi.jpg
  4. Slide 4: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierravalleygirl/2744651841/in/photostream
  5. Slide 5: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chicken_flaps_wings-UK.jpg
  6. Slide 6: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierravalleygirl/2745490678
  7. Slide 7: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciwf/3217378769
  8. Slide 8: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XkyaXZ1rRaU/R4lC7eHN5TI/AAAAAAAAAw8/1ezD-5fbKFc/s400/battery+hens.jpeg

Resources

Resource 3

Kids say the chicken does come first… then cupcakes!

The RSPCA has congratulated Kids R Us childcare centre at Keperra for joining the RSPCA’s Choose Wisely program and putting the welfare of chickens first by using cage-free eggs – produced by their own free-range chickens. They will show off the sweet aftertaste of their cage-free eggs at their Cupcake Day for the RSPCA festivities.

Kids R Us chef Lisa Durham said joining Choose Wisely was the latest step in the activities at Kids R Us aimed at teaching children how to respect and be kind to animals. “The children love looking after the chickens when they come to Kids R Us. And they learn where eggs come from – not just out of a box at the supermarket. We also teach them that our eggs are different from most of the ones in the supermarket, because our eggs have come from happy chickens that don’t live in cages,” said Ms Durham.

Kids R Us has joined as a gold member of Choose Wisely, which means everything egg- related that they serve to the children is made using cage-free eggs. “Our chickens produce five to six eggs every day. When we need extra, we always buy cage-free eggs.”

RSPCA Media Manager Michael Beatty said their decision to join Choose Wisely sends a positive message to both the children and the wider community.

“Today’s children are tomorrow’s consumers and, with the support of businesses like Kids R Us, we are a step closer towards banning battery cages and ensuring a cage-free life for all egg producing hens in Australia,” said Mr Beatty.

Kids R Us will take part in Cupcake Day for the RSPCA fundraising event and all cupcakes made for the children will be made from cage-free eggs.

Kids R Us joins a growing list of businesses ditching cage eggs. To view the full list of Choose Wisely businesses visit www.choosewisely.org.au. Choose Wisely businesses will be easy to spot – just look out for the Choose Wisely logo on their shop front. For more information visit www.choosewisely.org.au

Resource 4 – RSPCA Campaign Poster: It’s Your Choice

Picture of resource 5 Its Your Choice poster

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