Cats, Dogs and Us – Lesson Plans on Living with Animals for Years 3 and 4


Summary of lesson plans in unit:

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 of lesson plans 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 as well as looking at the differing perspectives that relate to people’s interaction with cats and dogs.

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Australian Curriculum Links:


  • Communicate in a range of informal and formal contexts by adopting a range of roles in group, classroom, school and community contexts. ACELY1687, ACELA1488, ACELA1476 and EN1-1A
  • Identify the effect of purpose and audience on spoken texts, distinguish between different forms of English and identifies
    organisational patterns and features. ACELY1689 and EN2-6B
  • Plan, compose and review a range of texts that are more demanding in terms of topic, audience and language.
    ACELY1682, ACELY1694 and EN2-2A
  • Use effective and accurate sentence structure, grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary relevant to
    the type of text when responding to and composing texts. ACELA1484, ACELA1459 and EN2-9B
  • Use an increasing range of skills, strategies and knowledge to fluently read, view and comprehend a range of tests
    on increasingly challenging topics in different media and technologies. ACELY1692, ACELY1680 and EN2-4A
  • Think imaginatively and creatively about familiar topics, ideas and texts when responding
    to and composing texts. ACELT 1607 and EN2-10C
  • Respond to and compose a range of texts that express viewpoints of the world similar to and different from their own
    ACEACELY1675, ACELT1596 and EN2-11D


  • Select appropriate methods to collect data, construct, compare, interpret and evaluate data displays,
    including tables, picture graphs and column graphs. ACMSP096 and MA2-18SP


  • Investigate their questions and predictions by analysing collected data, suggesting explanations for their findings and
    communicating and reflecting on the processes undertaken. ACSIS054, ACSIS065, ACSHE050, ACSHE061 and ST2-4WS
  • Describe that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their
    observable features. ACSHE051, ACSHE062 and ST2-10LW
  • Describe ways that science knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions on the environment and
    on the survival of living things. ACSSU073, ACSHE051, ACSHE062 and ST2-11LW
  • Describe how products are designed and produced and the ways people use them. ST2-16P

The Arts:


  • 2.1 Imagine and act out roles and situations participating in dramatic play and role play.
  • 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.
  • 2.5 Recognise that visual and spatial ideas are developed and understood in different ways.

Unit Sequence of Lesson Plans and Student Magazine:

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