Lesson Plan Suggestions » Year 1 (Ages 5 - 6) » Year 1 - lesson 5

Discuss the emotions board with the class and draw out the positive aspects and continue to discuss the positive aspects of owning a pet.

  • What do you see? 
  • What have we talked about in the previous lesson?
  • Who owns a pet/ a dog?
  • What do you like most about your pet ( Type, colour?  coat? friendly?)
  • Wat type of activities we like to do with our pet? ( Walking? playing? offering a present? petting?) 
  • Who is allowed to helping the parent with taking care of the pet ?

Making a poster

Explain that this week they are going to create a poster to show the YR children how to look after a dog.
This can be done in several ways depending on the maturity and experience of the class. The children could explore the topic with the teacher and then create their own versions of posters, either individually or in pairs or small groups, or the teacher could lead the groups toward a range of activities as suggested below…

  • LA to create a Dog care poster based around the needs of the animal for space, privacy, basic food and water, training etc .
  • MA to create a ‘watch out’ poster explaining when people should take care around pet dogs e.g. leaving dogs alone when eating, when sleeping or if the animal is ill etc
  • HA to create a ‘Hooray for Dogs’ poster explaining the benefits of owning a dog and how important it is for the family to train the dog consistently, what activities they could do with their dog, how owning a dog can be healthy for the family etc. Find out more from the dog in the family section of the Blue Dog website.

Additional activity about the dog's feelings:
What are the most important things to a dog ( walking, chewing a bond, playing with a ball,..) . When the maturity of the children allows it, each of the things a dog likes, can be transformed into a "diamond nine" game about their dog : what is most important / least important you your dog?


Look at the selection of posters and discuss the outcomes. Are the children positive about their work?
Do they know more about the needs of dogs and responsibilities of families to care for them appropriately?
Ensure these posters are shared with other year group and talked about positively.

Example questions:

  • What do you see on the poster
  • What is the poster about?
  • What can we learn from the poster?

Example questions:
What is important to a dog( food toys, objects)
What is important to children ( food toys, objects)
What may be important to both : Blue and children?
How do you feel when someone takes your favorite ( toy, food, object ) away
How does a dog feel when someone takes his favorite ( toy, food, object )
How might a dog react when he is happy / unhappy

Give time for the children to explore the Blue Dog DVD on the class computers this week. Work in pairs and ask children to check their partner’s responses so they know that they and their friend would be safe around a real pet dog.


  • Go to the Download section:  all of the pics can be downloaded in printable version

To understand that animals including humans have different feelings and emotions

Diamond nine game - use groups of nine items (food, toys, objects).

Ask the children  to rate the itmes from "most important " to "least important" for themselves, for the Blue Dog, for another dog, for their own dog. In this way children can start to discuss the relative value of "important", i.e it may differ for each individual.

Example questions:
What item is most / leat important for Blue?
What item is most / least important for another dog?
What item is most/least important for your own dog?


To understand how emotions can influence behaviour
Example questions:
- How do you feel when somebody tries to take a high valued object away from you? How would you react?
- How is Blue feeling when a child takes away a high valued object? How would Blue react?

The Scne from the Blue Dog story page 36 illustrates how a child may feel when the dog takes someting away that is very important to the child. It also illustrates why such a situation may represent a risk situation in child- dog

Blue steals the remote control
Blue walks into the living room carrying the yellow fish in his mouth, while Simon sits on the sofa, watching his favourite TV program.

Then suddenly, Blue sees a new interesting toy lying on the sofa – the TV remote control. Blue drops his fish, steals the remote control and the TV program changes. Simon gets angry, jumps from the sofa and approaches Blue to take back the stolen object. Simon pulls and pulls, but Blue will not give it back and growls. Now Simon feels annoyed and he runs away in tears.Assessment

The scene from the yellow fish story illustrates how Blue is feeling when Simon approaches near to hiw food bowl and his favourite sqeaky fish. Find the story in the parent guid page 32 or download in the material section.

Blue has a new present – a yellow toy fish that makes a squeaky noise! He is proud of this new toy and walks to the kitchen with it in his mouth. He then drops it and starts eating from his bowl.

Simon approaches and sits down besides Blue. He strokes him gently on the back. Then suddenly... Oh dear... Blue turns towards Simon showing his teeth and threatening to bite, as if to say: “I don’t want to be stroked when I am eating”.


The children's corner can be used as an interactive tool:

Tiny's Kids
In the game Tiny's Kids, there are pet and wild animals. Have a look ...

In this game, Tiny's kids are looking for their mum. All kids look different.

Match the right mum and kids.

See how happy the kids are when they find their mum. Listen to mum singing a lullaby.


Daan's Zoo
In the Zoo, there are different animals. Look for the ideal pet!

How to play the game:

When an animal appears, pass the computer mouse over the squares and match the one showing the correct colour and animal noise.

Which animal is the most beautiful?
Which animal is the cuddliest?
Which animal would you like?


Blue at the vet

Blue is feeling not very well and his owner has taken him to the vet. See Blue sitting on the vet's table looking sick and a bit scared.

Ask the children to help the vet by clicking on the objects along the bottom.

- How is Blue feeling when his paw hurts?
- How is Blue feeling when his eras are painful?
- How is Blue feeling when the vet gives him an injection?



Blue at the toy shop

Blue is in the toy shop and he is looking for new toys to put in his basket.

Can you help Blue to pick the toys that are best for him?
How does Blue feel when he gets a toy in his basket?

(If he pics a child's toy, it jumps back on to the shelf)




Go to the Download section

The cards can be used to explain that animals including humans have different feelings and emotions, and that emotions affect behaviou. 


Do the children understand that animals have different feelings and emotions?
Can they explain how these feelings might affect the behaviour of the animal?

Lesson notes for evaluation of project / evidence / resource list

Do the children understand that animals have different feelings and emotions?
Can they explain how these feelings might affect the behaviour of the animal?
Can the children demonstrate their knowledge through the medium of a poster?



Lesson notes for evaluation of project / evidence / resource list


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In this lesson you will learn

To understand that animals have different feelings and emotions
To understand how feelings and emotions affect behaviour
To demonstrate their knowledge



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