Lesson Plan Suggestions » Year 1 (Ages 5 - 6) » Year 1 - lesson 3

Look at ‘emotions’ display and discuss what the children have talked about so far.  Recall what they discussed last week about feeling scared and try to question the children particularly on similarities between them and an animal e.g. feelings of insecurity, worry, frightened etc. and what makes them afraid.

  • What kind of things can scare people? 
  • Are all children scared of the same things?
  • How does it look when somebody is scared?
  • Are all children behaving in the same way when feeling scared?

Ask questions on similarities betwem themselves and Blue:
Stress that people and dogs can be afraid of different things ( somebody can feel fine while someone else feels pretty scared in the same situation). When people / dogs are scared, they may react in different ways.

Blue at the vet:
- How was Blue feeling at the veterinary clinic? (Blue was scared when the vet gave him an injection)
- How did Blue behave when he felt scared? ( He started shaking)
- How did Blue feel after the injection ? (A lot better, he felt cured !)

Focus today on positive emotions and make a list ‘happy’ ‘excited’ ‘pleased’ etc.
Children in talk partners to explain and recall times when they have felt one of these emotions. What happened? How did they show their emotion on their face and with their body?

Use Blue puppet and explain that today we are going to think of things that will make him happy.

  • Children to come up with suggestions about what an animal needs to make them happy. Try to encourage the material things, and also the ephemeral things, which can be more tricky for children to grasp e.g. a toy is very relevant to children’s understanding, but also talk about things such as a safe place in the home.
  • Which situations make Blue happy?
    Material things  ( basket, fish toy, bone, food bowl)
    Abstract things ( being safe with the family that takes care of him, people that take him out for walks, people who love him,..)
  • Remark: In dogs, there is no universal expression of body language associated with happiness. In addition, a happy dog does NOT necessarily mean a safe dog. See text below.

The Blue Dog Interactive CD-rom
Which situations can make Blue feel unhappy/scared/ angry?
Coose a story from The Blue Dog Parent Guide

E.g. page 32. The yellow fish story - Blue is eating, or downlod the story from the materials

Blue has a new present - a yellow fish that makes a sqeaky noise ! He is proud of his 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 der.. Blue turns towards Simon showing his theeth and threatening to bite, as if to say : " I don't want to be stroked when I am eating".


E.g. page 28 .The teddy bear story – Blue is sleeping in his basket

Blue is peacefully sleeping in his basket. Sarah wants to say goodnight to Blue and approaches to kiss him gently. Blue opens his eyes and sees Sarah bending over his head. He looks frightened and growls. Sarah does not understand the message and kisses Blue again. Oh dear... now Blue shows his teeth and Sarah goes away crying.

Use Blue puppet and explain that today we are going to think of things that will make him unhappy / scared/ angry
- Taking away Blue's yellow toy fish
- Taking away Blue's bone
- Approaching Blue's food bowl
- Disturbing Blue while he is sleeping

Complete sheet : How to make Blue Happy / unhappy
Children to complete sheet on ‘What makes Blue happy’ and share with friend.

Example : How can Simon and Sarah make Blue feel happy?
- They offer him a yellow toy fish. Blue is happy because (a yellow sqeak fish is his favourite toy)
- They offer him a new chewing bone. Blue is happy because....
- They offer Blue a bowl filled with dog food. Blue is happy because...
- They offer Blue a brand new basket. Blue is happy because...

Example: How can Sarah and Simon make Blue feel unhappy?
- They approach close to Blue's sqeaky fish. Blue is unhappy because ( he is scared they will take it away from him)
- They approach close to Blue's favourite bone. Blue is unhappy because...
- They approach close to Blue's food bowl. Blue is unhappy because...
- They try to wake up Blue while he is asleep. Blue is unhappy because...

Make a word bank of ideas to help children to complete their task as independently as possible. Lower achieving children could work alongside an adult or be paired with a higher achieving child to work as a team on the task.


Play positive music for the children to listen to as the session draws to a close. These should be popular songs that the children are familiar with. Good examples might be: "Reach for the Stars" by S CLUB 7 and "We are the Champions" by Queen


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.




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


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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.


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