ACOs: Learn to Teach the ABCs of Sheltering
Kids learn a lot of things at home and in school: how to tie their shoes, how to count change, and what number to call in case of emergency. But many children don’t know what to do if they find a stray dog or where to look if their family wants a new pet. If kids aren’t able to visit a shelter to find out more about its role in the community—or if your agency isn’t quite ready to handle 25 energetic fourth graders—this lesson plan can bring the shelter to them.
Adapted from An Animal Care and Control Professional’s Guide to Classroom Presentations, “Shelter Builder” was based on an activity developed by humane education specialist Peggy Bender of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control in Indiana. Guide to Classroom Presentations, published by the HSUS’s National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, integrates lesson plans for grades K-6 with pointers on answering kids’ tough questions and other useful tips.