In order for children to know how to treat animals humanely, they need to learn about the basic needs of animal companions and practice providing for them. This lesson seeks to help children understand how human and animal companion needs are similar, and how they differ. For example, both people and animals need food, but the types of food that people and animals eat are different. Through learning these concepts, children will better understand their responsibility toward animal companions.
Students learn about some of the basic needs of dogs and cats. They compare and contrast the needs of animal companions to the needs of people and discuss how someone might feel if they did not have their needs met. Then, they apply what they learned by making a cat toy that meets an important animal need.
Students will be able to…
identify at least three basic needs of dogs and cats.
compare and contrast the needs of people and animal companions.
KINDNESS FOR ALL
This is the fourth lesson from our Kindness for All resource guide for educators like you. This seven-lesson curriculum is designed for three-to-five-year-olds and aims to inspire children to act with kindness toward all living beings and the natural world. By implementing this curriculum, you will be playing a vital role in young children’s lives, helping them to value kindness while you nurture it within them—which ultimately leads toward the creation of a more compassionate, equitable, and restored world for all.
The development of this guide was made possible through a collaboration between Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), Social Compassion, and
Volunteers of America Los Angeles.
HEART is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to develop a generation of compassionate youth who create positive change for animals, people, and the natural world. As an award-winning full-service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, and Indianapolis, HEART conducts student programs in-school and out-of-school, offers professional development programs for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for the implementation and expansion of humane education.
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