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Humane education curriculum 2019-2020

Grade Topic
JK / SK Let's be Safe!
Students learn about the importance of understanding animal behaviour and the steps they can take to keep themselves safe. Hands-on practice of the ‘Be a Tree’ and ‘Be a Rock’ safety positions give the children tools to protect themselves around stray animals. Students practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog. An activity sheet is provided.
Grade One Pets Can Talk
Pets communicate with us using their bodies. The children will review animal body language so they can make safe choices around pets. Students practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog. An activity sheet is provided.
Grade Two Being a Responsible Pet Partner
By following the 3 P’s (Provide, Protect and Prevent) we can ensure that we are being responsible pet partners. Safe and unsafe items for pets are also reviewed. Students practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog. An activity sheet is provided.
Grade Three Our Wild Neighbours
Students identify some wildlife they may see. They will have discussions about how they can help wild animals and become wildlife ambassadors. Students practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog.
Grade Four Being Humane
Students talk about the importance of being a responsible pet owner. They will define humane and inhumane behavior and analyze a variety of scenarios to determine the most humane choice. Students practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog.
Grade Five Making an Informed Choice
Choosing a pet is a huge decision. The first step anyone should take before getting a pet is to carefully research the needs of the animal as well as the needs of their family. Scenarios challenge the students to think about what different types of pets need. The children learn the factors one must consider when choosing a pet such as type of animal, breed, family needs, cost, behavior, space, etc. Students practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog.
Grade Six Pet Explosion
Students learn about spaying and neutering as an attempt to reduce pet over-population and related behavioural issues. They learn why spaying and neutering is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. Students practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog.
Grade Seven Working with Animals
There are many jobs and careers that involve working with animals. Discussions will relate to how humans can work both directly and indirectly with animals, and how they might get started doing so. Students practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog.
Grade Eight The Journey to Adoption
Students learn about what happens when a pet comes into the Humane Society. Some pets will go back home; others need to get ready to be adopted in their forever loving home. Topics include: behaviour assessment, TLC program, veterinary care and our volunteer opportunities that play key a role in helping every animal find a new beginning! Students practice the safe approach to meeting a new dog with the Education Dog.