The Five Needs of Animals
This six-part interactive video series, hosted by Alberta SPCA Animal Ambassador, Gracie, explores the needs of animals, how animals feel (affective state) when their needs are met, and our responsibility to meet these needs. Students will also be encouraged to consider their own needs and affective states.
Included with the videos are lessons that contain discussion questions and cross-curricular activities.
The Five Needs of Animals is based on the Five Domains Model (Mellor & Reid, 1994) an internationally recognized model developed to assess the welfare of animals. It was recently updated to include provisions that recognize the impact of people’s interactions with animals (Mellor et al., 2020).
Discussion Questions & Cross-Curricular Activities
Click on the grade level below for discussion questions and activities tied to the Alberta Programs of Study to help students further understand The Five Needs of Animals.
Kindergarten - Grade 3
Grade 4 - Grade 6
Below are the six videos in The Five Needs of Animals video series. For interactive versions of each video that has questions built into the videos, for students to answer while they watch, click on a grade level above.