AnimalSmart™ Primary – Grades 1 -3

A research-based, anti-bullying, empathy-building learning resource dedicated to educating young children in the knowledge and understanding needed for respectful animal care. The Ontario SPCA AnimalSmart™ lesson plans support children and their families in developing and maintaining positive relationships with pets by:

  • helping children to develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills they need to become responsible, loving caregivers
  • fostering positive relationships with pets to enhance children’s social and emotional growth and development promoting the fair and humane treatment of pets
  • highlighting the importance of safety and the prevention of pet-related injuries to young children
  • meeting grade-level curriculum expectations from the Ontario Ministry of Education

Lesson plans are organized around four interrelated Strands which provide a comprehensive and integrated foundation for teaching and learning.

Students engage in active learning as they take on the challenges of:
  • conducting investigations
  • examining perspectives
  • interviewing experts
  • classifying and categorizing information
  • formulating guiding questions
  • gathering and organizing data
  • drawing conclusions and making judgments
  • sharing their thinking and their learning

Primary Strand and Lesson Titles
CARE AND COMMITMENT  CHOICES AND DECISIONS   EMPATHY AND RESPECT  RELATIONSHIPS
 Choose with Care  Exploring Feelings  T.R.U.S.T.  Be Prepared
 Know and Do  Friends Forever  Safe Spaces  Watch and Listen
 Take a Guess  Thinking it Through  Depend on Us  Safety First
Summative Task:
Caring for Your Pet
Commercial
Summative Task:
All About My Pet
Summative Task:
Pet Owner Interview
Summative Task:
Write All About It!
Pet Safety

 


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