Children & Animals


Patty Finch

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In the first activity, students design rules to enable them to classify animals as domestic or wild. Intermediate and junior high students usually have a commonsense but sometimes inaccurate understanding of wild and domestic. This activity will enable students to clarify their thinking, laying a firm foundation for a discussion of appropriate and inappropriate pets. The second precision thinking activity consists of students' composing rules for determining what is or is not an appropriate pet, based on all they have learned in our "Kind News Feature" unit. In completing these activities, your students will be practicing one crucial aid to critical thinking: the questioning, challenging, and revising of given statements.