The following lessons are for students
in grades 7-8. The information in each lesson is tailored to
the specific level of the students. Please allow between 40-50 minutes
for each lesson. Pre and post visit activities are available for
Our companions, our concerns (grade
In depth look at issues surrounding
companion animals within the United States. Key issues include overpopulation,
abuse, responsible pet ownership, companion animal facts, and solution
based problem solving. Student based discussions allow the opportunity
to form personal decisions regarding future actions. Educational
activity animal may be requested for this presentation.
Issues of personal importance and
group problem solving (grade 7-8)
Interactive presentation dealing with
how to have discussions on controversial subjects. Students are
introduced to a template on how to process and understand the reasoning
behind differing views. In the examples: issues of zoos, hunting,
and child labor laws are discussed. Students are also encouraged
to create their own discussion templates. May be presented as
an interactive big screen presentation.
Captive animals (grades 7-8)
Takes a look at the differences between
captive and non-captive animals. Understand the reasons various
societies have for keeping animals in captivity. Students are introduced
to how captive animals are treated and form personal opinions regarding
the issue. Confronts the topics of zoo animals, pets, livestock
and research animals. May be presented as an interactive big
Overpopulation and animal treatment
Understand the role and importance
of animal shelters in addressing the issues of pet overpopulation.
Visually put into perspective how pet populations increase and discuss
methods used to decrease numbers. Be introduced to various forms
of animal abuse, including abuse to humans. Look into involvement
with local humane organizations. May be presented as an interactive
big screen presentation.
Companion animal survival (grades
Simulation activity addresses overpopulation
of companion animals. Learn the rate at which pet populations increase,
and discuss the limiting factors which help keep wildlife within
natural limits. Students learn the differences between natural and
human means of population control within an environment.
leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution.
Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
- Thomas Edison, American Inventor and Scientist