The Thing About Dogs

Age Range: 5 - 11

Genre(s): Documentary

A short video that shares how the narrator feels about dogs.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • Pause the video at various points and think of speech / thought bubbles for the dogs.
  • Make a set of instructions that teaches people how to look after (or train) a dog.
  • Listen to the expression of the narrator. Can you read the same words that he says, but with a different expression. How does it change the feeling that the video gives?
  • Write a non-fiction report about dogs.
  • Create your own story about a dog, told from the first or third person.
  • Make a list of different words that can be used to describe dogs. Can you use any of these to describe other animals?

Maths

  • How many dogs can you count in the video?
  • Think about the sizes of different dogs. How small is the smallest dog? How large is the largest? What units should we use to measure the height / length of a dog?

Science

  • Make a poster that teaches people about dogs.

Computing

  • Make your own video about an animal, that shares how you feel about them.
  • Make an animation (or a game) about a dog and an adventure that it might have.

Design Technology

  • Design a toy that a dog might enjoy playing with. Remember to ensure that it is safe for the dog.

Art

  • Look at photos of dogs (see Resources below) and use these as the starting point for your own art work.

Music

  • What do you think of the music used in this video? How does it make you feel? Could you find (or compose) a different piece of music to accompany the film?

Languages

  • Can you find out the translations for the word 'dog' in different languages?

PSHE

  • Pause the video at various points and describe how you think the dogs are feeling. How can you tell?

Downloads:

Dog Photos

Dog Photos

Photos of different types of dogs that you can use for reference in your classroom.

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