All of our Humane Education Lessons are available for any
classroom or at the shelter.
We also have lessons that have been very
successful in special day classes. These lessons have been designed for smaller
class sizes and with the goal of reaching children with disabilities. They can
be used in any classroom but we have found great success in special day
SHARE animal assisted therapy teams visit special day
classes in Marin schools. The volunteer teams, under the teacher’s direction,
will interact with the students in a variety of ways.
All of the volunteers who visit special day classes have
experience working with students with disabilities. Many of the lessons are
provided with a group of SHARE teams to allow for a variety of dogs and more
animal time for the students.
Below is a selection of some of the lessons we have provided. If you have a need or request for your classroom please ask. We can cater a
lesson to you help you reach your students’ goals.
- Meet &
Greets – Students will have the opportunity to practice social skills and learn
the proper way to meet a dog. This is a great initial lesson to introduce the
volunteer and dog to the children. Many teachers like to start each week with
this lesson or a variation of it.
- Dog Math – Students will have an opportunity to measure
different parts of two very different dogs, and then compare the numbers. After
the comparison they can complete different math equations.
- Pet First Aid – Students will have an opportunity to listen
to a dog’s heart with a stethoscope, practice bandaging a dog’s leg along with
learning about basic pet care.
- Dog Safety in the Car - Students will have an opportunity to
learn about the safest way to travel with a dog. Comparing their needs to the
student’s needs for safety.
- Animal Photography – Students will have an opportunity to
photograph a variety of dogs. Digital cameras will be provided and then a webpage
will be created so the photos can be viewed by students. Many times this leads
to creating photo scrap books in class. Craft supplies and copies of photos
will be provided.
- Pet Care Pluses & Minuses - Students will have an
opportunity to answer + OR – to pet care statements. They each have their own
whiteboard paddle to show their answers.
- Scenting Demonstrations – Students will watch as a dog uses its
sense of smell to find a scent hidden in their classroom; great lesson related
to the five senses.
- Agility Demonstration – Students will watch and then work
with dogs as they leap over small agility jumps and go through tunnels. Great
lesson to encourage being active and training dogs.