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Lesson Plans and Activities for Grades 3-4 in Social Studies


  • Too Many Pets, Too Few Homes
  • Matchmaking
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Too Many Pets, Too Few Homes
Students examine the problem of pet overpopulation both in the United States and in North Carolina. Students will learn about the importance of spaying and neutering in combating pet overpopulation. For grades 3-4 in Social Studies.

Students will:

  • Examine the role of the community in managing the problem of pet overpopulation.
  • Draw conclusions based on statistical information concerning pet overpopulation in the United States and North Carolina.
  • Learn the purpose of writing a 'letter to the editor' and will have the opportunity to construct their own letter about the problem of pet overpopulation and possible solutions.

Matchmaking
Students examine the benefits of pet adoption. Students will learn about the responsibilities associated with pet ownership and how to make a good match between pets and potential owners. For grades 3-4 in Social Studies.

Students will:

  • Consider the potential benefits and drawbacks of adopting a pet.
  • Reflect upon the role responsibility plays in pet adoption and caring for a pet.
  • Assess the compatibility of pets and potential owners.
  • Conduct an interview to learn more about pet adoption, caring for pets, and the role the community plays in caring for homeless animals.

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