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FIELD TRIP TO BAPS- LESSON PLAN FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Thanks for bringing your students to our Sanctuary. In order to ensure the safety of the students, please make every guest aware of the following safety checklist as you prepare for the trip:

1. Clothing (applies to both children AND adults)

- BAPS does not have climate-controlled areas, so it is important to prepare for outdoor conditions. Please prepare appropriate clothing
- Clothes may get soiled or torn at BAPS, so wear something you don’t mind getting dirty or damaged.
- No skirts, hoop earrings, necklaces, high heels, or sandals.
- If you have wellington boots or similar rubber boots, bring them.

2. Safety in animal handling

- Do NOT insert fingers in cages!
- BAPS staff will provide access to approved dogs. Only touch these dogs.
- Even with approved dogs, do not pull their hair, hit them, grab them tight, or grab them from behind
- Do NOT feed dogs by hand. You may throw a snack in front of them (do not hit them with the thrown snack)
- Do not crowd the dogs. Only two people at a time may be playing with each dog.

3. What to Bring for the dogs

Donations are appreciated, within the following parameters:
- Single bite snacks
- High protein dog food
- Collars, harnesses, and leashes

Although well intentioned, the following items are not suitable, so do NOT bring:
- Chew bones
- Cotton filled blankets
- Standard dog food (we have a discount provider)
- Large portion snacks

While we appreciate purchased items, ultimately the best way to help is with a cash donation. We can but at discount from friendly suppliers, making your money go a lot further to helping dogs than if you buy items at full retail price.

4. Facilities

- BAPS does not have a restroom, so please plan accordingly.
- We also do not have garbage collection service, so please take ALL trash you produce back with you.
- Wet tissue is useful


ACTIVITIES:

The visit will be two hours, divided as follows:

0:00 to 0:15 – Arrival, free walking tour
0:15 to 0:30 – Group lecture, “Why do dogs end up in Shelters?”
0:30 to 0:45 – Animal handling and care demonstration
0:45 to 1:00 – Dog census –Data collection

1:00 to 1:20 – Lunch or Snack
1:20 to 1:30 – Playground time with dogs / snack feeding
1:30 to 1:45 - Dog census reflection - “what can you tell from the data?” “How can we help shelter animals?”
1:45 to end - Free time (snacks to dogs, goodbyes)

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: Why do dogs end up in shelters?

OBJECTIVE:

This talk is intended to give the students a broad description of the issues of animal abandonment, impulse buying, lack of training knowledge, careless keeping, lack of family planning to have a pet.

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: DOG CENSUS

OBJECTIVES:

This activity is designed to allow children to:
-Discover for themselves what type of dogs tend to end up at shelters
-Consider the health issues of shelter dogs
-Have face-to-face time with all dogs
-Think about the reality of shelter dogs
-Think of ways to help the animals

PREPARATION:
In class, a couple days BEFORE coming, students will prepare census forms with the teacher’s help. Data to be collected is:
-Name
-Sex
-Size
-Color
-Personality
-Health issues

The Teacher can create the form with student input, and print out sufficient copies for each student to collect the data on every dog. (there usally are from 30 to 50 dogs onsite)

TASK:
Each student will bring his/her clipboard and collect data on all the dogs. Data comes from cage cards and direct observation.

REFLECTION:
In a group discussion, the following questions will be addressed:
- What types of dogs did you see?
- What data did you have trouble getting? Why could this be?
- Are there more boys or girls? Why do you think so?
- What about size? Why do you think the sizes matter?
- What did you notice about personalities?
- Why do you think some dogs are afraid of people?
- Why do you think these dogs were abandoned?
- Do you think it was the dog’s fault to be abandoned?
- What future do you think these dogs have?
- How do you think you can help?

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