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Lesson 6

How does science help us care for pets?

Lesson Plan

Preparation

Collect the following materials required by the investigation worksheet: pipe cleaners, small plant containers or plastic pots with holes in the bottom, flowering plant seeds, paints and brushes, water, gardening gloves, potting mix. Ensure pupils understand the term ‘needs’ as it applies to living things.

Curriculum links

Animals, including humans

  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).

Suggested teaching strategies

  • To get pupils thinking about the topic, use the give one, get one strategy to share ideas about how science is used to take care of animals. This can also be completed after reading the text.

Introduction

Discuss the needs of living things. Ask pupils how we know about these.

Display the digital lesson on your smartboard to introduce how science helps us care for pets and how knowledge of their needs came about through scientific observation, testing, recording and learning about pets over time.

The summary and worksheet pages should be used together.

Development

Provide pupils with the summary and worksheet to complete.

The investigation worksheet is designed to give pupils (especially those who do not have a pet) an opportunity to create something that they can care for. Access to the internet or relevant non-fiction books will allow them to research how best to care for their plant.

Differentiation

  • More able pupils can research other types of plants and write about how they would care for those (such as succulents) in comparison to their current plant.

Conclusion

Once the pot plants have all been set up, discuss the answers to the investigation worksheet as a class.

Assessment

Worksheet answers
1. (b), (c), (e), (f) 2. (b) 3. (a)
4. Answers should indicate that a cat eating only people food would not be getting the nutrients it needs and would possibly get sick.
5. Answers will vary but should indicate that science helps us to understand pets so we can give them the correct food and care they need in order to be healthy.
6. Answers will vary.
7. Answers will vary but should indicate that a veterinary scientist studies the diseases and health maintenance of animals.

Investigation worksheet answers
1. Answers should indicate that the pupils can find out about what food their plant needs by reading books, viewing documentaries or looking on the internet. Some pupils might answer that they could find out by experimentation.
2. Answers should indicate that science will help them to understand what their plant needs, and the best ways to care for their plant. Science may provide ‘medications’ (pesticides, fertilisers) that can help the plant be healthy.

Preparation

Collect the following materials required by the investigation worksheet: pipe cleaners, small plant containers or plastic pots with holes in the bottom, flowering plant seeds, paints and brushes, water, gardening gloves, potting mix. Ensure pupils understand the term ‘needs’ as it applies to living things.

Curriculum links

Animals, including humans

  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).

Suggested teaching strategies

  • To get pupils thinking about the topic, use the give one, get one strategy to share ideas about how science is used to take care of animals. This can also be completed after reading the text.

Introduction

Discuss the needs of living things. Ask pupils how we know about these.

Display the digital lesson on your smartboard to introduce how science helps us care for pets and how knowledge of their needs came about through scientific observation, testing, recording and learning about pets over time.

The summary and worksheet pages should be used together.

Development

Provide pupils with the summary and worksheet to complete.

The investigation worksheet is designed to give pupils (especially those who do not have a pet) an opportunity to create something that they can care for. Access to the internet or relevant non-fiction books will allow them to research how best to care for their plant.

Differentiation

  • More able pupils can research other types of plants and write about how they would care for those (such as succulents) in comparison to their current plant.

Conclusion

Once the pot plants have all been set up, discuss the answers to the investigation worksheet as a class.

Assessment

Worksheet answers
1. (b), (c), (e), (f) 2. (b) 3. (a)
4. Answers should indicate that a cat eating only people food would not be getting the nutrients it needs and would possibly get sick.
5. Answers will vary but should indicate that science helps us to understand pets so we can give them the correct food and care they need in order to be healthy.
6. Answers will vary.
7. Answers will vary but should indicate that a veterinary scientist studies the diseases and health maintenance of animals.

Investigation worksheet answers
1. Answers should indicate that the pupils can find out about what food their plant needs by reading books, viewing documentaries or looking on the internet. Some pupils might answer that they could find out by experimentation.
2. Answers should indicate that science will help them to understand what their plant needs, and the best ways to care for their plant. Science may provide ‘medications’ (pesticides, fertilisers) that can help the plant be healthy.

Student Pages

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Intro 1

Lesson 4

How does science help us care
for pets?

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Intro 2

Lesson 4

How does science help us care
for pets?

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Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 1

Pets are living things that people care for.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 2

Pet owners have to care for their pets properly to make sure each pet stays healthy.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 3

But how do they know what is best for their pets?

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 4

We use science to help care for our pets.

Science has helped us find out what pets need to stay healthy.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 5

Food

Science helps us to understand how living things grow and how their bodies work.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 6

Through science, we know that different animals need to eat different foods.

Pets need to have the right amount of food that has the nutrients for them to stay healthy.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 7

Science has helped us to find out which foods make animals ill.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 8

Some foods people eat, like chocolate, are bad for dogs, cats and birds.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 9

Grapes, onions and tomatoes are not good for dogs or cats.

grapes

tomatoes

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 10

Because we know what foods are good or bad for our pets, we can make sure they get the right food and stay healthy.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 11

Health

Science helps us to understand which things in the environment can harm animals.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 12

We know that some plants, worms, fleas and other tiny insects can harm or even kill pets.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 13

Because scientists have studied these plants and insects, and how they harm pets, they have been able to make medicines that can stop them.

plant under a microscope

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 14

Science helps us to understand our pets.

It helps us know what we need to do to care for them properly.

It gives us medicines to make them better when they get sick.

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Slide 15

Science helps us care for pets in so many ways!

Science Year 2 Unit 1 Lesson 7 Final Slide

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