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January 2023


Dogs Program Poster EN .pngWhat makes dogs and humans such good companions? Find out this month in our Dogs program! In partnership with Live It Earth, the BC SPCA is excited to present a hybrid-learning experience for K to 7 classrooms. Join in the fun from any location, while we uncover how dog’s see the world, what the BC SPCA does to help dogs, and how you can build a stronger relationship with the dogs in your life!

This cross-curricular unit is fully customizable, with self-serve teaching resources that connect students of all ages to big ideas, and directly to dogs, in enjoyable and meaningful ways. The comprehensive teacher resource package will be available in both English and French, starting Monday, January 16th!


Here is a preview of what you can expect:
Slide Show – Learn all about dogs with a Google Classroom-ready slide show filled with everything you wanted to know about dogs and more! There are place-based teaching materials about a dog’s senses, the Five Freedoms, and the BC SPCA. There are also links to scaffolded resources and a guided inquiry document.


Challenges – If you were to bring a dog home, what would they need to live a happy, healthy life? STEM, creative, story and game challenges will encourage learners to get hands on with what dogs need to eat, how dogs like to play, and what dogs need to live their best lives. Challenges come with instructional guides, worksheets and curriculum connections. Do them all together in a thematic unit, or as stand-alone activities.
If you’re wondering how this program might fit into your units or lesson plans for the month, we recommend checking out our Curriculum Connections tool. It can show you how this or any Live It Earth program lines up with provincial curricula in B.C.


Career Pathways – Meet a vet! We talk with Emilia Gordon, a registered vet and shelter medicine specialist about what it’s like to care for dogs, and other animals, at the BC SPCA. See what skills, interests and experiences brought her to this exciting career and what you can do now if you want a career in veterinary medicine.
Deep Dive – Do you know when it is safe or unsafe to pet a dog? Learn from one of our experts, Humane Educator, Bailey Murphy, and her dog Rayne, as they go in-depth to explore which body language signals to look for when interacting with your dog at home, or a dog you are meeting for the first time.
Feature Show – Go behind the scenes of the BC SPCA Nanaimo branch to meet our other dog experts and some furry friends! Michelle Atterby, a dog behaviour expert, Kim Montheith, manager of animal welfare and behaviour, and Bailey Murphy will introduce you to their dogs, take you on a tour of our shelter, and help you stay safe around dogs. Plus…
Chat Live with an Expert! – Have a burning question about dogs? Our feature show experts will be taking student questions live on the Live It Earth platform from 10 am PST on Thursday, January, 26th when the Feature show is premiered.
Can’t join us live? No problem! The feature show, and all these great cross-curricular resources, will be available for up to three years on the Live It Earth platform.
**All B.C. K-7 teachers have open access to the entire Live It Earth Library, thanks to a deal with Focused Education Resources. Ask your Principal or Librarian for the Focused ED passcode for three years of free access to Live It Earth, or email
If you’ve never participated in a Live It Earth program premiere before, check out this overview of how it works to learn more about the Feature Show Launch, and Q&A Day!
With more than three weeks of story-rich, high-quality learning and prompts to explore subjects outside the classroom, you and your learners will have more than enough materials to keep engaged in the hidden world of dogs!
We hope you will join us for our dogs program!


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The BC SPCA has classroom resources for grades K-7. The lessons integrate animal issues and information into existing provincial learning outcomes. 

Click on a lesson plan below to learn more.



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Making the right choice



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  The farm-food connection


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Cats in the community



Including animals in social justice

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