Animal Welfare Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about animal welfare. Students will research and discuss specific issues surrounding the protection of animals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on animal welfare, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about animal welfare.
  • Understand and use academic vocabulary related to animal welfare.
  • Research animal welfare issues and solutions; present their findings to the class.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


  • activist
  • animal kingdom
  • animal rights
  • animal testing
  • animal welfare
  • campaign
  • consciousness
  • ecosystems
  • evolve
  • humane
  • migration routes
  • political
  • regulate
  • species
  • wildlife conservation


Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with students before reading lesson.
  • Read Animal Welfare: Definition & Issues as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What abilities do humans have that make them responsible for animals?
    • What are some issues concerning animal welfare?
    • What is the difference between animal welfare and animal rights?
    • What are some wildlife conservation issues?
    • What do animal welfare activists want zoos to do for animals?
    • How can the food industry improve conditions for animals?
    • Why are some people for animal testing and why are some people against it?
    • What is the main goal of animal welfare activists?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.

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