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GRADES 6 – 8
How Much is that Doggie in the Window?
Students will consider the differences between buying animals sold for profit and adopting animals from adoption centers by comparing descriptions of dogs up for adoption to ads of dogs for sale.
How Much Is the Cost of Care?
By assessing the cost of the care of a companion animal, students will recognize that part of the responsibility of animal guardianship is having the means to provide for the animal’s needs.
Don’t Test on Me
Students learn about animal testing, the types of tests that are conducted, and the animals who are tested on. They discuss how they feel about animal testing and then they learn about some specific products that are not tested on animals. Students work in groups and make commercials about their cruelty-free products.
Behind Closed Doors
Students learn about the basic needs, emotions, and natural behaviors of farm animals. Then they learn about what their lives are like on factory farms. Students imagine they are members of their state legislature and they have to decide how they will vote on a bill that will improve conditions for battery caged hens. They also have to write persuasive paragraphs defending their positions.
What’s Your View?
Students learn about animals and their natural habitats. They also discuss the human/ animal relationship and decide how they feel about specific questions related to our treatment of animals. They consider ways to make the world a better place for animals.
Puppy Mills Exposed
After being introduced to the topic of puppy mills through an educational video, students will dig deeper into the issue by comparing and contrasting various state laws as they relate to animal breeding.
My Story: How Did I Get Here?
Students will examine some of the many ways companion animals end up homeless and in animal shelters. Students will translate this new knowledge into creating a first-person point of view piece, which they will scaffold prior to completing.
Finding Your Match
After filling out a questionnaire about their lifestyles and the qualities they are looking for in their perfect companion animal, students will consider what animal they think would be a good match for them to adopt.
Students research different humane aspects of their neighborhoods (e.g., animal shelters, pet food stores, dog parks, veterinarians). Then they create local neighborhood maps to distribute with this information.
Humane Movie Review
Students review one of their favorite movies under the lens of whether the movie is “humane” or not. Using a guideline for what makes a “humane movie,” the students answer questions and write a movie review.
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