Mini Unit: RSPCA Queensland Cupcake Day School Pack

Last updated: March 22, 2016

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RSPCA Cup Cakes

Audience: Ages 9-13

Duration: 6 lessons

This School Pack mini unit also includes student leadership ideas, recipes for people and canines alike, colouring activities, decoration tips, RSPCA & Cupcake Day Event background information and much more.

Tech Level: tech levels covered in the mini unit overview below.

Prior knowledge/skills of teacher and students

Any prior knowledge required either by the teacher or students is outlined in each individual lesson plan within the main PDF document.

Rational:

The first ever Cupcake Day for the RSPCA was held on the 18th August 2008. More than 10,000 Queenslanders took to their kitchens to support this national event, raising $80,000 for RSPCA Queensland. This year we are raising the bar even higher with a target income of $235,000 – we are hoping you will get on board and help us bake our way to that target. This year we would love to see more schools across Queensland involved in the event. Not only is this an activity where students can make a significant contribution to their community, but more importantly, it is educational and heaps of fun. Tummies and brains will have an equal opportunity to be exercised and with this in mind, we have included all the information you need for your classes to take part in Cupcake Day. Our kit includes suggestions for lesson plans, recipes for people and canines, activities and decoration tips.

Mini Unit Overview:

Note: Full Lesson Plans and all required resources are provided within the mini unit school pack, available for download using the above download link.

Unit Lessons
Lesson Title Details
1. Introduction to the RSPCA and Cupcake Day Audience: Ages 9-13

Technology Level: Classroom Based (optional tech enhanced resources)

Duration: 55 min

Objective: Students will gain an understanding of the work of the RSPCA and the purpose behind a Cupcake Day fundraising activity. Students explore aspects of responsible pet ownership.

Prior Knowledge: Students will not require prior knowledge of the work of the RSPCA or Cupcake Day. Teachers should visit www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au for more information about Cupcake Day and www.rspcaqld.org.au for more detailed information about the work of the RSPCA.

Resources:

  1. Lesson Plan – Introduction to the RSPCA and Cupcake Day
  2. PowerPoint (Optional) – Introduction to the RSPCA and Cupcake Day (Zip file 7Mb)
  3. RSPCA Letters (Optional)
  4. RSPCA Cupcake Day Brochure – can be downloaded from www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au

Curriculum Links: Science, SOSE, HPE

2. Planning Your Cupcake Day Event Audience: Ages 9-13

Technology Level: Class Based

Duration: 40 minutes

Objective: Students will begin to understand the need to plan and strategise to maximise profits and make an event a success. Students will apply basic mathematical skills in a practical scenario.

Prior Knowledge: This is the second in a series of five lessons on Cupcake Day. Students are expected to have an understanding of the work of the RSPCA and the Cupcake Day event. Students will also be required to apply a number of basic mathematical skills.

Resources:

  • Lesson Plan – Planning Your Cupcake Day Event
  • Cupcake Maths Worksheet (can be found on page 20 of this kit)
  • Cupcake Maths Answer Sheet (can be found on page 21 of this kit)

Curriculum Links: Mathematics

3. Choose Wisely Audience: Ages 9-13

Technology Level: Classroom Based (with optional tech enhanced resources)

Duration: 50 minutes

Objective: As students plan the ingredients that they will use in their cupcakes, this lesson encourages them to consider where their food comes from and become conscious and informed consumers. Students will examine the different types of egg production systems in use in Australia and their animal welfare implications.

Prior Knowledge: Students may have already researched the descriptions used on egg packaging In Australia. Alternatively this can be incorporated into the lesson. Background information for teachers on RSPCA campaigns can be found at www.rspca.org.au/what-we-do/humane-food/ or www.rspcaqld.org.au/campaigns

Resources:

  • Lesson Plan: Choose Wisely
  • PowerPoint presentation (Optional): Choose Wisely: Caged vs. Free Range Eggs (zip file 2mb)
  • Information Sheet: ‘Egg Production Systems’ (can be found on page #29 of this kit)
  • Five Freedoms for chickens (page # 28 of this kit)

Curriculum Links: Science, SOSE, English, Mathematics

4. Promoting Your Event Audience: Ages 9-13

Technology Level: Classroom Based

Duration: 60 minutes

Objective: Students will develop a marketing strategy for their Cupcake Day event. Students will examine some of the techniques of persuasion that they encounter in their everyday lives. A creative marketing tool will be developed.

Prior Knowledge: This is the fourth lesson in a series of six based on RSPCA’s Cupcake Day. Students should have an understanding of the work of the RSPCA.

Resources:

  • Lesson Plan – Promoting Your Event
  • Cupcake Day Blackline Master (can be found on page #35 of this kit)

Curriculum Links: SOSE, The Arts

5. Let’s Bake! Audience: Ages 9-13

Technology Level: Classroom Based (with optional tech enhanced resources)

Duration: 55 minutes

Objective: Students will learn the steps involved in baking cupcakes including timings and measurements. Students will have to work as part of a team to ensure a successful outcome.

Prior Knowledge: This lesson is the fifth lesson in a unit of six lessons on Cupcake Day. Students are required to have an understanding of the Cupcake Day event and the work of the RSPCA.

Resources:

  • Lesson Plan – Let’s Bake!
  • Cupcake Day Recipe (can be found on page #8 of this kit)

Curriculum Links: SOSE, Mathematics

6. The Proof is in the Pudding! Audience: Ages 9-13

Technology Level: Tech Based

Duration: 50 minutes

Objective: Students will research the cost of looking after our pets and come to understand that owning a pet is a big responsibility. Students will be introduced to the concept of evaluation as they review their event.

Prior Knowledge: This is the final lesson in a series of six lessons focusing on arranging an RSPCA Cupcake Day fundraiser.

Resources:

Curriculum Links: SOSE, Mathematics

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