Year 1 Edu.Cat STEM Program
Learning Intentions: Students will know and understand the features of a cat and the offspring of a cat is called a litter of kittens. Desexing is understood as a way to reduce the number of unwanted kittens.
Time: 60 minutes
Introduction about Ten Lives and what we do. How many cats and kittens are surrendered to Ten Lives and why. The importance of desexing, microchipping and vaccinations are discussed at an age appropriate level for students.
Features of cats – brainstorm session, group work with visual cards, student presentation.
It’s Raining Cats and Cats – A beautifully illustrated age appropriate story book which guides students through the importance of desexing cats to reduce over population and homelessness. A recount activity of the story is provided in student workbooks.
Recap and question time
Post Incursion Key Inquiry Questions:
What are the key features of a cat? What can you tell me about them? What can you tell me about a cat’s offspring?
What is desexing?
Where can you take your cat to be desexed?
Resources provided – Teacher guide and student workbooks linked to Australian Curriculum, certificates of achievements and bookmarks. A copy of “It’s Raining Cats and Cats”.
STEM Challenge: Post Incursion STEM Challenge with classroom teacher: Students design and construct a model of a cat using materials that reflect the function of its body parts.
Time required for STEM Challenge: 2 x 30 minutes plus 1 x 60 minute