Audience: Ages 12-13
Duration: 1 hour
Technology Level: Tech Enhanced
In this lesson students design a proposal to present to their parents/guardians. This proposal will illustrate their understanding of the responsibility of owning a pet.
- Paper and pens
- Available research tools (library, internet access, classroom books etc)
- Presentation materials (cardboard, computer access etc)
Students require the ability to research effectively during this lesson.
|1.Introduction (10 mins)||Getting a pet involves many decisions. A family has to take into account whether a pet suits their way of life. Too often people do not ask simple questions such as; Can we afford a pet? Do we have enough time for a pet? Do we have enough space for a pet? Can we care for a pet, for all of his/her life?|
|1.1 Brainstorm(10 mins)||Students are asked to imagine that they want to have a pet but their parents/guardians do not think this is a good idea.
Record the reasons and types of pets on a board
|2. Body(30 mins)|
|2.1 Design A Proposal(30 mins)||Students must research and develop a proposal to be presented to a group of peers aimed at convincing their parents/guardians that they should be allowed to adopt a pet. Teachers will advise on research tools and presentation style depending on resources available. The proposal must demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the particular pet and include reference to the concerns of their parents/guardians.
Points to include in proposal:
|3. Conclusion(20 mins)|
|3.1 Present Your Proposal(20 mins)||Once the proposal has been completed students then present their proposal to the class who act as their parents/guardians. The student presenting should be prepared to argue their case and the class should be prepared to raise concerns parents might have.
Discuss options of pet ownership as a group including compromising with parents/guardians, considering lower maintenance pets, breeds of dogs to suit lifestyle, not having a pet at this time etc.
Queensland Curriculum Links
|Key Learning area||Curriculum link|
|The Arts||DR 2.1 Students make choices about and develop roles to build dramatic play
DR 3.1 Students negotiate, in and out of role, a range of situations and narratives
|English – Essential Learnings||Speaking & Listening
Writing & Designing
|Science||LL 3.1 Students draw conclusions about the relationship between features of living things and the environments in which they live|