Learning What You Can Do

D’s Story

People love to talk about their pets, and D’s story gives us the chance to do just that.The story shows that not all people want or are able to care for animals which you can use as an opening to look at broader topics of animals rights. At the same time the story lets us think about ways we can be helpful. We can’t all be David Attenborough, but we can take meaningful action to make the world a little bit better.


Pet, Dog, Rescue, Adopt, Shelter, Take care of, Have a pet

Lesson Ideas

Community Building, Onomatopoeia

The story questions allow for some philosophical discussions about our understanding of animals, but lets us begin in a safe place- talking about our dogs.

If your class isn’t up for a big discussion, I’m sure everybody will be ready for a little fun ( and a chance to begin another deep discussion on linguistics) with onomatopoeia. Animal sounds are interesting because even though they are universal, we don’t hear or repeat them in the same way. If your class is ready for that discussion- enjoy!
Otherwise lighten the mood and laugh a bit while you share animal sounds from each other’s languages.

Activity Sheet

Are you a creative person? I just have rough drafts for most of my activity sheets, maybe you can help me think of better designs for these.

This is a little chart to show animals and their sounds in English and whatever languages you have in your class. Dog, cat and cow are fun because everyone is good at those. Rooster can get pretty crazy because the crowing can get really complicated, from cock-a-doodle-doo in English to K0-ke-ko-ko in Japanese.

Do you speak cat?