Lesson Plan: Fun for Pets

Last updated: January 24, 2013

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Illustration of three cats playing, balancing and bouncing balls

Technology Level: Tech enhanced.

Audience: P-3 (Grade P-1)

Duration: 45 minutes

Objective:

To introduce children to the concept of providing mental and social stimulation for pets.

Prior knowledge

Introductory lesson.

Materials:

  • Computers (if doing the extension activity, Resource 2)
  • Cardboard or large sheet of paper for each student
  • Colour pencils

Resources

  1. Lesson Plan
  2. Video – Test your knowledge!
  3. Student handout: Pets having fun!

Procedure:

Lesson Procedure
Topic Notes
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.

Discussion Points:

  • How would you feel?
  • What would you do for fun?
  • Do you think that you might get bored?
  • Did you get enough exercise to stay healthy?

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.

Discussion Points:

  • How would you feel?
  • What would you do for fun?
  • Do you think that you might get bored?
  • Did you get enough exercise to stay healthy?
  • Did anybody pull the washing off the line for fun?!
  • Did anyone find a hole in the fence to escape?!

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.

Class discussion:

Toys, games and activities are important for pets.

This is because:

  • They keep pets from getting bored.
  • They give pets exercise
  • . They give pets something to do, so that they don’t get into too much mischief!
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.

  1. Group One: Dog (Answers could include: take for walks, throw balls, toys to chew, sand pit to dig in, a fence that they can see through to view the street, a friend to play with)
  2. Group Two: Cat (Answers could include: Give furry toys, scratching posts to climb, tunnels to run through, catnip and catgrass to chew, windows to look out through, a friend to play with)
  3. Group Three: Bird (Answers could include: give swings, bells and mirrors, things to chew on, ladders to climb, allow out to fly somewhere safe each day, teach to talk, a friend to play with)
  4. Group Four: Fish (Answers could include: give plenty of room to swim, give waterweeds to eat and hide in, give rocks and other items to swim around and hide in, a firend to play with)
  5. Group Five: Guinea pig and rabbit (Answers could include: give plenty of room to run around, give running and climbing toys, a friend to play with)
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.

Curriculum Links

Queensland Curriculum Links

Curriculum Links for this lesson
Key Learning area Curriculum link
HPE

Promoting the Health of Individuals and Communities
PH 1.1 Students describe and demonstrate everyday actions that they can take in a range of situations to promote their health.
PH 1.5 Students explain how elements in which people live, work and play affect health.

Developing Concepts and Skills for Physical Activity
PA 1.1 Students demonstrate a variety of basic locomotor skills and non-locomotor skills, varying body actions and use of space.

Enhancing Personal Development
PD 1.4 Students demonstrate basic speaking, listening, sharing and cooperation skills to interact effectively with others

SCIENCE

Life and Living
LL 1.1 Students discuss their thinking about needs of living things.

SOSE

Place and Space
PS 1.3 Students participate in a cooperative project to cater for the needs of living things.

Systems, Resources and Power
SRP 1.1 Students participate in a cooperative project to cater for the needs of living things.

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

  1. Resource 3 - Student activity sheet

Suggested Extension Activities

  1. Resource 2 – Video – Test their Knowledge!

References

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: admin@woaw.org.au

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