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in the Classroom

The BC SPCA has classroom resources for grades K-7. The lessons integrate animal issues and information into existing provincial learning outcomes. Bite Free is on the recommended resource list for Health and Career Planning for grades K-5. 

Click on a lesson plan below to learn more.

Kindness Counts: Empathy Unit (K - Gr 2)

Kindness Counts
(for K- Gr. 2)

  Companions for Life (Gr. 3-5)

Companions for Life
(Gr. 3-5)

  You can make a difference (Gr. 5-7)

You Can Make a Difference
(Gr. 5-7)

  Cluck - The Life of an egg-laying chicken (Gr. 4-6)

Cluck - The life of an egg-laying hen (Gr. 4-6)

  Bite Free: Dog Safety (K -5)

Bite Free (K - Gr. 5)


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June 2011

Coming Soon: Summer Holidays

The countdown to summer holidays is on.

We want to thank you for keeping informed and sharing our information with your students, colleagues and families. Your work plays a key role in changing our world and we appreciate that you integrate animal welfare into your educational goals.

Enjoy a well-deserved summer break and we look forward to sharing news, books and tips with you in September.


Book Review: Kittens in the Kitchen

Kittens in the Kitchen
by Lucy Daniels

The first instalment in the Animal Ark series, Kittens is the Kitchen follows 13-year-old Mandy Hope as she races to find homes for four newborn kittens. Not long after the kittens are born in her school custodian’s kitchen, Mandy is told she has just a week to adopt out the kittens before Mr. Williams the custodian will “deal with them” himself.

With the help of her friend James, her parents, grandparents and neighbours, Mandy perseveres to not just find homes for the kittens, but to find responsible, loving guardians. The task isn’t easy, but Mandy doesn’t give up. Along the way, she meets a host of characters; some she likes, while others have points of view she disagrees with. Some, she eventually learns, aren’t as bad as they first seem. Always, though, Mandy maintains the welfare of the kittens as her motivation. In between her search for four great homes and taking care of the mother cat and kittens, Mandy keeps up with her responsibilities as a guardian to her own pets at home.

Suitable for students in grades 3 to 5, Kittens in the Kitchen is a great classroom or at-home chapter book that demonstrates what can be done when one caring, dedicated person makes it their mission to make a difference.

Get more BC SPCA book recommendations online.


School Club: Contest Deadline

Don’t forget to send in pictures or descriptions of your projects so we can enter your club into the draw for some cool club prizes!

You could win t-shirts for all of your club members.

Deadline for entry is June 17th.

Send entries via email to or by mail to BC SPCA 1245 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1R1, attention Paula Neuman.


Current Events: Dogs 101

Have you ever wondered what makes your dog tick or why he or she behaves in a certain way?

BC SPCA event: Dogs 101 with JIll TaggartLearn from an expert. Dogs 101 is a class for humans to learn about their canine companion. It will include: an overview of how dogs evolved, their natural instincts and breed-specific behaviour; how dogs communicate with one another; how dogs learn; how to address specific behavioural issues; our relationship with our pets and how dogs “read” our own behaviour towards them; and how to enhance your bond with your dog.

Learn more about this and other BC SPCA news that you may want to include in class discussions.


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