My Pet and Me – Friends for Life

Kindergarten – Grade 2

Themes Covered: Empathy, Needs of Animals, Safety, Social and Emotional Literacy, Community Involvement, Responsibility, Humane Treatment of Animals, Compassion and Animal Welfare.

Students discover the importance of providing necessary care for their pets through empathy building activities. By showing students engaging flashcards and reading a touching story of a CHS dog, we elicit the similarities between human and animal emotions, behaviours and needs. We also discuss what pets need to be healthy and happy during our interactive activity and conclude with a dog safety exercise, including dog bite prevention.

This presentation is designed for students age five and older.

Curriculum Connections My Pet and Me Kindergarten

Reptiles and Amphibians

Grade 3 and Grade 5

Themes Covered: Life Cycles, Wetlands, Wild vs. Domestic Animals, Conservation, Respect, Compassion, Empathy, Exotic Pets, Human Ecological Impacts, Native vs. Invasive Species, Exotic Animal Care and Ownership and Needs of Exotic Animals.

Yes, the slimy and scaly creatures need attention too!  With the recent popularity of reptiles and amphibians in the pet trade it is important both adults and children understand the ins and outs of exotic animal ownership and care. This program educates students on the difference between wild and domestic animals, showcases the various reptiles and amphibians found in Alberta, and examines popular reptiles in the pet trade today.  We take a look at the needs of these unique creatures and some of the conservation efforts and laws that are out there to protect the wild populations.

Curriculum Connections Reptiles and Amphibians

“Don’t Feed The Bears!”: Human Impacts on Wildlife

Grade 3-6

Themes Covered: Conservation, Citizenship, Compassion, Respect, Global and Community Responsibility, Wildlife Hazards, Safety, Community Involvement, Web of Life and Human Ecological Impacts

“Throw a treat to bring him closer to the camera!” What REALLY happens when you feed wild animals? Examine what happens when humans and wildlife collide. Respect, rights and responsibility are the 3 R’s of animal welfare. Using case studies and engaging activities students explore the needs of living things and learn about the importance of acting humanely towards all living creatures, both wild and domestic. Various issues will be discussed with an emphasis on co-existing with wildlife in urban areas.

Curriculum Connections Urbanization and Wildlife

Bullying: Pets and Peers

Grade 4-6

Themes Covered: Conflict resolution, Inclusion, Empathy, Personal Responsibility, Bystander Roles, Healthy Relationships, Caring Communities, Compassion, Respect, Tolerance, Courage to Speak Up and Cycle of Violence.

Students will discover the many similarities between bullying and animal cruelty by comparing the motivations and causes behind aggressive behavior. This interactive, empathy building program includes real case studies and group activities which allow students to express their opinions, practice negotiation strategies, consider different perspectives, and perceive abuse from the viewpoint of the victim. We also discuss the importance of recognizing and reporting all forms of abuse and distribute contact numbers of local service agencies.

Curriculum Connections Bullying Pets and Peers

Animal Protection – Police for Pets

Grade 6-8

Themes Covered: Law Creation and Modification, Law Enforcement, Levels of Government, Respect, Compassion, Community Involvement, Responsible Pet Ownership, Legal System, and Citizenship

Students discover that there are laws dealing with animals at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. Using recent and detailed case studies, students will gain a full understanding of how CHS investigated and prosecutes against cases of animal abuse, cruelty and neglect. Students will examine how to determine different types if animal abuse and what to do if they suspect an animal is suffering. Through closely inspecting the legislation protecting animals, students will be given the opportunity to discuss what they think works and what changes they would love to see in the future. We will also discuss the Calgary Humane Society’s role in animal protection and the 3 R’s of animal welfare (respect, rights, and responsibility).

Curriculum Connections Animal Protection Police For Pets

Urbanization and Wildlife

Grade 7-9

Themes Covered: Conservation, Citizenship, Compassion, Respect, Global and Community Responsibility, Wildlife Hazards, Safety, Community Involvement, Web of Life and Human Ecological Impacts

What happens when humans invade wild spaces? Is there really such a thing as “nuisance” wildlife? Examine what happens when humans and wild animals collide. “Respect”, “Rights” and “Responsibility” are the 3 R’s of animal welfare. Using case studies and engaging activities students explore the needs of living things and learn about the importance of acting humanely towards all living creatures, both wild and domestic. Various issues will be discussed with an emphasis on co-existing with wildlife in urban areas.

Curriculum Connections Urbanization and Wildlife

Bullying – Pets and People

Grade 7-9

Themes Covered: Healthy Relationships, Empathy, Cycle of Violence, Ethics, Connection Between Animal and Human Violence, Respect, Community Action, Personal Value Judgements (Discovering, Challenging and Developing) and Abuse Awareness (Animal, Family and Relationships).

In this interactive empathy building program, students learn about the connection between bullying and animal cruelty. The discussion begins with animal welfare and transitions to human violence as students begin to relate the examples given to bullying and other societal concerns. By evaluating scenarios of abusive behavior in a group activity, students discover that views on abuse can vary substantially and that they have the power to create an atmosphere of acceptance in their school, home and community.

Curriculum Connections for Bullying Pets and People

 

Careers with Animals

Grade 7-12

Themes Covered: Volunteerism, Career Paths, Career and Life Management, Interest Development, Future Planning, Entrepreneurship, Realistic Job Expectations, and Interest Mapping.

Students will discover that there are many avenues to fulfill a dream of working with animals. This presentation explores the different careers available and volunteer opportunities that young people can pursue.

Curriculum Connections Careers with Animals 

The Link

Grade 10-12

Themes Covered: Social Responsibility, Warning Signs, Healthy Relationships, Violence Prevention, Consequences, Reporting Violence, Cycle of Violence, Bullying, Family Violence, Help and Resources, Empowering Youth to Speak Out and Connection of Human and Animal Violence.

People who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against humans. This program examines the connection between human violence and animal cruelty. We explore the cycle of violence including school violence, dating violence, domestic abuse, animal cruelty and organized crime (dogfighting). Students will learn how to recognize, respond, and report cases of abuse and will receive information on how to contact social services agencies in Calgary. This empowering and interactive presentation includes case studies from the Calgary Humane Society and a group activity.

Curriculum Connections for Bullying and The Link

 

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