Goal: Students will learn to make informed decisions when faced with common situations involving dogs and cats.
Grade Levels: 4th grade and above
1. Students evaluate how good decisions may require delay in gratification, but yield long-term benefits.
2. Students explore different ways people may respond to the same situation.
- scenario cards and discussion cards: Use NHES’ pre-made cards or create your own.
- fake dog
- fake cat
- optional props: cell phone, animal control uniform, dog dog leash, etc.
Companion animals occupy a huge part of daily life in the U.S. Regularly, we are faced with decisions regarding animals. From where we obtain our companion animals, to the action we take when we see an animal in need, our choices make a difference in our own lives and the lives of animals. Having the right information can help us make the best decisions when we find ourselves faced with a decision regarding companion animals.
- Divide students in groups of 3-4 individuals.
- Give each group one “scenario card” and a corresponding “discussion card.” The scenario card will briefly describe a common situation involving people and animals. The scenario card will also briefly describe two possible actions a person may choose in this situation.
- Ask students to use their scenario card to develop a skit that first demonstrates the scenario and then the two possible options.
- After each group has completed their skits, and had an opportunity to practice, offer each group props to use in their performances (Older and more mature students may be given access to props along with their scenario cards. Younger students may become too distracted by the props to focus on developing their skits. For this reason, we recommend that younger students complete their skits before choosing props.)
- Ask each group to perform the skits one group at a time. They should also act out the two options listed on their card.
- After the group has completed their skit, ask them which option they thought was best, and why. They can use the information on the discussion card to elaborate on main ideas.
- Repeat until every skit has been performed and discussed.
Exercising good judgement in real-life situations involving animals is easier when the person is well-informed on animal care and welfare.
Note: Skits can be performed as short, informal activities or in-depth performances. To see an example of three of these skits performed by the 2017 Cool To Care Campers at NHES, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bzeufwkWHw