Year 7 Getting a Pet Getting a pet involves many decisions. A family has to take into account whether and which pet suits their way of life. Too often people do not ask simple questions such as; Can we afford it? Do we have enough time for it? Do we have enough space? Can we care for it, for all of it’s life? Objective Students design a proposal to present to their parents/guardians. This proposal will illustrate their understanding of the responsibility of owning a pet. Materials Links to the Progress Maps Paper Science: Life and Living Pens Pet care resource materials The Arts: Drama/Role Play Internet Sites: www.rspca.org.au English: Speaking & listening www.petnet.com.au Writing Activity 1. Students are asked to imagine that they want to have a pet but their parents/guardians do not think this is a good idea. 2. Students must design a proposal to convince their parents/guardians that they should be allowed to obtain a pet. The proposal must demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the particular pet and include reference to the concerns of their parents/guardians. 3. Points to include in proposal could include- What type of pet and what size it is/will be? How much it will cost to care for it? What are its needs? Who will care for it? 4. Once the proposal has been completed students then present their proposal to the class who act as their parents/guardians. The student presenting should be prepared to argue their case and the class should be prepared to raise concerns parents might have.