The program for this age group focuses on demonstrating the basic necessities of pet care. We take a puppy to the classroom and have the children hold, brush, and cuddle a pet under our guidance. The class is informal and children are encouraged to talk about their pets. The importance of feeding, loving, and keeping the pet healthy are discussed and suggestions regarding such are solicited from the children. A portion of the class is devoted to playing with the pet appropriately, with an emphasis on gentleness. Resources include matching worksheets, hidden pictures, true/false questions, and posters. Children go home with a pet care coloring book.
Grade 3 – Grade 5
The introduction for this age group briefly addresses the topics above. Two major areas are then explored. A lesson on the dangers of dog bites and how to avoid them is presented. This safety discussion delves into the body language of dogs, the significance of certain behaviors, and when and how to either approach or avoid a dog safely. We then discuss animal statutes that are designed to protect the public, such as leash laws and rabies vaccinations. The final part of the lesson begins with an investigation of the pet overpopulation crisis and ends with a discussion on how to reduce or end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Spay and neuter are discussed as the major solution, along with making the commitment to keep the pet for its entire life. Emphasis is placed on obtaining a pet from a shelter or rescue group. Much of this class involves student participation and a sharing of ideas.
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