Targeted Grade Level: 6th-7th grade: This comprehensive project-based learning unit is designed to increase animal health and awareness of students in the 6th-7th grade and is focused on teaching students about the importance of spaying and neutering animals, particularly those that belong to the companion animal population (para. 1) also known as cats and dogs. Spaying and neutering animals has been identified as one of the strongest deterrents in decreasing the overpopulation of animals in shelters and lowering the rates of animal homelessness around the world
The lessons in this unit are designed to ignite student’s motivation to become more involved to target and advocate for these issues, by providing them with educational opportunities to learn more about and connect with their content on a more personal and community-based level. One way this unit strives to do this, is by teaching students how to assess the financial accessibility and geographic availability of spaying and neutering (S/N) clinics and services in their community, by learning how to research and assess if the number of clinic locations, average costs, and availability of resources for S/N services in their area, is adequately meeting the level of need of the animals their area.