This lesson will allow learners to voice their thoughts on and reflect on this unit, the activities contained in it, and their animal welfare service project. They will have an opportunity to share their new knowledge with their peers, family members and other adults.
Two 45 minute class periods with additional time needed to create product
The learner will:
- graph items collected.
- estimate the dollar amount donated by the community/school to a local animal shelter.
- reflect on what they have learned about themselves and about animal welfare during this unit.
- create a visual aid to share what they have learned about animal shelters.
Learners will demonstrate their learning by creating a product that shares what they have learned about animal shelters with their peers. They will reflect on the impact that their service activity had on the shelter, the animals and on themselves.
(Note: Before beginning this lesson, have several students collect the containers that were placed around the community/school from the previous lesson.)
Have a few empty boxes or laundry baskets in the room to use to sort the items that have been collected.
Teacher Note: Some communities may not have a local animal shelter, therefore, any neighboring animal welfare organization would be appropriate for this service learning project. As much as possible, the decision about what to collect and where to donate the items should be left up to the learners., based on the organization's wish list.
- If the learners chose to collect more than one item for donations, ask the learners to categorize, count and sort the items for distribution. Have them create a graph displaying what was collected. (Note: Categories could be as broad or as detailed as is appropriate for the class. For Example: food for dogs, food for Cats, food for other animals, toys, leashes and collars, bedding, kitty litter, cleaning supplies, etc.)
- Have the learners calculate the estimated dollar value of what they collected using the information gathered on the estimated cost worksheet in Lesson Two or use the current prices of the items from a local retail advertisement. This would give the estimated dollar value of the donation to the shelter.
Teacher Note: The following Instructional Procedures are one option for students to inform their peers about animal welfare and shelters by writing books about animals who have benefited from being in a shelter. This is an example of how they might go about informing others, but it should be the learners’ choice to follow this plan or create another. Other options may include writing and performing a puppet show, play or rap, creating an informative pamphlet, designing and creating posters for display, etc.
- Suggest to the learners that they collaboratively create books about animal welfare and animal shelters, like the story of Buddy Unchained or a real story from the local animal shelter. These books will be shared with younger learners or their peers.
- The learners will work together to generate ideas about how to use what they have learned about animal shelters when developing their books.
- Arrange the learners into groups of three or four students each. Within each group be sure that at least one learner is responsible for each specific task. Each group should include at least one writer, an illustrator and an editor. All members of the group should have input into all aspects of the writing, illustrating and editing of the work.
Teacher Note: Older learners each write a story/book themselves. For younger learners, the book could be written as a whole class project. Another option might be for older learners to pair with younger learners to create a book or page for a book.
- Tell the learners that they are to work together to create their story about an animal that is somehow helped by a shelter.
- Using the writing process that is endorsed by your school district and Attachment One: Planning Guide for Writing Books, have the learners write and illustrate their book(s). Ask each group or individual to peer edit the draft versions of the stories to get constructive feedback from each other. The final editing should be done by the teacher or adult volunteer.
- Have each group share their book with the rest of the class and ask for helpful feedback from the class. If necessary, allow the groups to make changes before finishing the book.
- Have the groups share their final book with younger learners or another group of learners in the school. After sharing the books consider donating them to the school library, public library, an animal shelter or veterinary clinic.
- Lead the class in a discussion of the project. Ask those that are willing to share their personal feeling about what they learned, and felt about the project.
- After a brief class discussion ask the learners to write a personal reflection about animal welfare and shelters. Ask them to include their feelings about the animal shelters, what they would like to do about what they have learned, how they think it helped the animals and how they think they might use the information in the future. Ask them to include what they liked and what they didn’t like about the unit.
Another option for reflection could be tossing a tennis ball to a student and haveing that student use one word or phrase to describe or summarize how they felt about their experience. After a learner has had an opportunity to respond, have him or her toss the ball back to you. Continue the process until everyone has had an opportunity to respond. As always, allowing a learner to pass (not respond) is permissible. Remind them that this reflection will not be part of any grade. Reflections are for their own personal growth.
Assessment for this lesson will be primarily subjective based on the learners’ participation in the project. The assessment should include group cooperation. Create rubric according to the needs of your class for assessing these activities
Take a class trip to an animal shelter.
Have a representative from an animal shelter visit the class.
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Lesson Developed By:Clare Friend
When writing a story or a book, authors plan their writing. They think about who is going to read their story. That is called the reading audience. The audience that you will be writing is for other children in our school and community. Authors make sure that their writings contain an interesting plot or sequence of events in the story. All good stories and books have a beginning, middle and end. Use this idea sheet as you work either by yourself or with your group to create your book.
Our/my book will be about: (an animal, a rescue (shelter) group)
Some words (adjectives) that we/I will use to describe my/our animal or rescue group are:
Problem that needs to be solved:
End: How was the problem solved?
Here are some other questions for you or your group to consider.
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