Working Animals

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

What is our responsibility to advocate for fair treatment of animals? 

 

Photo Credit:  Charlie and a little girl by Gunnar Sigurður Zoega Guðmundsson is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

The students learn about some extraordinary working animals and understand each individual’s responsibility to treat animals in a humane way. The students research a specific working animal and create an informational presentation about their findings. Learners discover the impact that these animals have on the greater good.  

Service Experience 
The learners will select a working animal group or animal welfare organization to assist and support through planning and implementing a service project.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Working Animals
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

This lesson is designed to help the learners understand that animals and humans can work together as a team.  Many animals perform tasks that are vital to our existence and/or enhance the quality of life (enhance the common good). Many animals meet specific needs in communities, including search and rescue dogs, therapy animals, comfort and companion animals, and more. The students will learn about some extraordinary working animals and understand each individual’s responsibility to treat animals in a humane way.

Unit: 
Working Animals
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

We learn about “payments” due to working and animal companions and that animals require humane treatment. Students plan and carry out a service project to support animal welfare. Optional: They reflect on the impact of their project by creating a class book to share with others.