To understand what a pet is and why pets need appropriate, loving, and responsible care.
The focus of this lesson is domesticated animals, primarily those we call pets. Children are asked to think about what defines a pet and why we keep pets. The animated feature contrasts the treatment given to two different dogs, one of whom is chained outdoors and ignored, and another with whom a child is playing inside the home. The feature encourages children to ask what a pet needs in order to be happy. Additionally the film, It’s a Dog’s Day, illuminates the theme of care and compassion. There is also a worksheet accompanying Activity 1 titled May I Meet the Dog? available for download that teaches children how to approach a dog safely. In this lesson:
- Children will recognize the physical and emotional needs of animals who are pets.
- Children will develop character and a sense of responsibility by learning that pets require care and protection.
- Children will develop empathy for animals by seeing how their own needs and happiness are similar to those of animals.
- Children will learn about the joys of having the companionship of domestic animals.