Cats, Dogs and Us – Five Lesson Plans on Learning to Live with Animals Year 1/2



Through a variety of activities and discussions, students will analyse the special relationship people have with cats and dogs, develop essential vocabulary about the topic, and understand how humans support, live with and use these animals. The unit calls upon the relationships that students already have with cats and dogs and extends their understanding and knowledge of responsibility. This unit is integrated across the KLAs/Domains, as well as looking at the differing perspectives that relate to people’s interaction with cats and dogs. There are assessment tasks included as well.

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Australian Curriculum Links:

  • Communicate with a range of people in informal and guided activities demonstrating interaction
    skills and consider how own communications are adjusted in different situations. ACELY1666, ACELY1656
  • Plan, compose and review a small range of simple texts for a variety of purposes on familiar
    topics for known readers and viewers. ACELY1661, ACELY1671 and EN1-2A.
  • Identify how language use in their own writing differs according to their purpose, audience
    and subject matter. CELA1470 and EN1-7B.
  • Draw on an increasing range of skills and strategies to fluently read, view and comprehend a range of texts on less familiar topics in different media and technologies. ACELY1660, ACELY1670, ACELA1451 and EN1-4A.
  • Use basic grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary appropriate to the type of text when responding to and composing texts. EN1-9B.
  • Think imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, ideas and texts when responding to and composing texts. ACELT1586 and EN1-10C.
  • Respond to and compose a range of texts about familiar aspects of the world and their own experiences. ACELT1582, ACELY1655 and EN1-11D.
  • Gather and organise data, display data in lists, tables and picture graphs and interpret 

    the results. ACMSP263 and MA1-17SP.

  • Represent data with objects and drawings where one object or drawing represents one data value and describe the displays. ACMSP263.
  • Collect, check and classify data. ACMSP049
  • Develop knowledge, understanding of and skill in applying the processes of working scientifically. Investigate, question and predict by collecting and recording data, sharing and reflecting on their experiences and comparing what they and others know. ACSIS213, ACSIS041 and ST1-4WS.
  • Work co-operatively and individually when participating in guided investigations to explore and answer questions. ACSIS025 and ACSISO38.
  • Compare observations with those of others to identify similarities and differences in the findings of their investigations. ACSIS025 and ACSISO38.
  • Develop knowledge of the natural environment through understanding about the physical world, earth and space and living things. ST1-10LW and ST-1-11W.
  • Describe ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things. ACSSU211
  • Observe and record ways people use science, knowledge and skills in their daily lives to care for living things. ACSHE022 and ACSHE035.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the made environment through built environments, information and products. ST1-14BE.
  • Describe a range of places and spaces in the local environment and how their purposes influence their designs. ST1-14BE
  • Drama 2.1 Imagine and act out roles and situations participating in dramatic play and role play.
  • Drama 2.5 Share role play, process drama and improvisations with each other.
  • Media arts 2.3 Create media arts works about selves, others or their environments for familiar audience.
  • Visual arts 2.4 Make visual arts works about people, objects and experiences that are familiar, imagined or remembered.

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