Students will choose an animal they think they would like to have for a pet. They try to find out what environment they would have to build/create to keep this pet at their home. Students will write, in letter format, a convincing argument to justify why they should be allowed to have this animal for a pet. Students will present their argument to the class. The letter should include a picture of their pet, a description of a healthy environment for their pet, its needs (special foods, etc.) and more.
- Read the background of this activity to the class.
- Discuss what the students should be looking for when they conduct their research at big chalk.
- Write an example of the kind of notes they should take.
- Go over Activity 1 with students.
- Have students individually explore the Internet to learn more about a favorite animal.
- Complete Activity 1. Outline of Procedure – Day 2
- Students should finish Activity 1 if it isn’t complete. Using the notes they took and Activity 1, students should write a convincing argument to persuade their parents to let them have this pet.
- Students should sketch pictures of the housing they will provide for their pet and include ideas on how they will support it (i.e., pay for its care!). Outline of Procedures – Day Three
- Students should be given 10 minutes to put their work together in a folder or notebook.
- Student should read their argument to the class.
- Students should turn in their notebooks.
- Computer with access to the Internet
- Colored pens or pencils
- Miscellaneous art materials as outlined