Section: Educate

Year 3/4 Edu.Cat STEM Program

Incursion Overview:

Learning Intentions: Students learn about the benefits of cat containment and what cats need in an enclosure.

Time: 60 minutes

Children year 3 involved in activities

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.

Cat Containment Keeping Cats Happy at Home – video

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Cat Containment – class discussion, brainstorming activity that explores the advantages and disadvantages of cat containment. Improved welfare for cats, wildlife and the community are discussed.

1,2,3 Action – in groups students brainstorm what they have learnt from the previous activity and develop a 30 sec commercial about what they would like others to know about cat containment, and then present their commercial to the class.

Cat Containment Designs and Materials – common designs and materials are discussed along with what cats need to keep them healthy and happy when contained.

How do we know what our cats get up to? – example of GPS tracking.

Recap and question time

Post Incursion Key Inquiry Questions:

What are the benefits to cats when they are contained?

What are the benefits to the environment when cats are contained?

What are the key factors to consider when containing a cat?

Resources provided – Teacher guide and student workbooks linked to Australian Curriculum, certificates of achievements and bookmarks.

STEM Challenge: Post Incursion STEM Challenge with classroom teacher: Students design and build a model of a cat containment playground with living and non-living features. In doing so they will consider the purpose, appearance and functionality of built environments alongside environmental considerations.

Time required for STEM Challenge: 3 x 60 minutes