Technology Level: Tech enhanced.
Audience: P-3 (Grade P-1)
Duration: 45 minutes
To introduce children to the concept of providing mental and social stimulation for pets.
- Computers (if doing the extension activity, Resource 2)
- Cardboard or large sheet of paper for each student
- Colour pencils
- Lesson Plan
- Video – Test your knowledge!
- Student handout: Pets having fun!
|1. Introduction (5 mins)|
|1.1 (5 mins)||
1.1 How do people have fun?
What do people need to live? – we need food, water, clothes, houses. People also need to have fun and relax; this is important to stay happy and healthy.
Get the class to think about all their favourite fun things to do! Allow students to show their favourite activity through movement. For example: hands on heads who like to play soccer. Stand on one leg if you like playing on the swing, etc.
|2. Body (30 mins)|
|2.1 The importance of fun!(5 mins)||
2.1 The importance of fun!
Close your eyes and imagine that you are on a desert island. You are on this island all alone. You have plenty of food, water, shelter and clothes, but no toys, books, games, or anybody to play with.
Repeat discussion points above.
Close your eyes again. Imagine that you are a dog and you are in your backyard. Your owners have gone to work and school for the day and you are home all alone. You have plenty of food, water, and shelter, but no toys to play with.
Now I want you to imagine that you can have anything you want in the backyard with you! You could imagine a great big juicy bone to chew on! Or – a sand pit to dig in! Anything at all!
Repeat discussion points above.
Toys, games and activities are important for pets.
This is because:
|2.2 How do pets have fun?(10 mins)||
2.2 Pets need to have fun too!
Just like people, animals need to have fun too! If we have pets as our companion animals and house them in cages, tanks or yards, we need to give them things to play with so that they don’t get bored.
Break the class in to five groups. Groups are to discuss what their assigned pet would like to have for fun and report back.
|2.3 A playground for your pet (15 mins)||
2.3 Each group is to then design a playground for their pet, drawing it on a large piece of cardboard.
|3. Conclusion(5 mins)||
|3.1 Show and tell. (5 mins)||
3.1 Groups can show their playground to the rest of the class and explain what the different features are and how they help to keep their pet healthy and happy.
Teacher to recap todays lesson by discussing the importance of fun and games in our lives – both humans and our companion friends.
Teachers hang posters on the classroom wall.
Queensland Curriculum Links
|Key Learning area||Curriculum link|
Promoting the Health of Individuals and Communities
Developing Concepts and Skills for Physical Activity
Enhancing Personal Development
Life and Living
Place and Space
Systems, Resources and Power
|The Arts||Visual Arts
VA 1.2 Students visually represent and explain their experiences, feelings, ideas and observations through making images and objects.
Suggested Homework Activities
- Resource 3 - Student activity sheet
Suggested Extension Activities
- Resource 2 – Video – Test their Knowledge!
This lesson was kindly written and generously donated to the RSPCA Qld Inc. by Anne Lonie. If you would like to help the RSPCA by donating teaching resources please contact the WOAW Admin Team: email@example.com