Watch this short animated film about a rescue dog hoping for a new owner, and try out our teaching ideas.
Which of the ideas below will you try with your children?
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Stop the film at 0:10. Collect vocabulary to describe the setting.
- Write a letter or email from the female character to a friend describing what happened.
- Compare and contrast the beagle and the poodle.
- Stop the film at various points, for example, 0:23, 0:41 and 2:01. What are the characters thinking?
- Discuss similarities and differences with dogs in other films and stories, for example, Spy Dog and Bolt.
- Make a story map for the film.
- Watch the video Mouse for Sale, which deals with a similar theme. Compare the way the two stories have been told.
- Write the prequel. How did the dog end up in the dogs’ home?
- Write a sequel about their first day together.
- How many ways could you arrange 6 cages in a grid? What about 12 cages? Or 24 cages?
- Which numbers of cages cannot be arranged into a square or rectangular grid? Why can’t they?
- Make a list of things the female character will need for her new dog and work out how much it will cost.
- Stop the film at 0:16. What has the dog got to make sure he is healthy and safe (e.g. food / drink, shelter)? What else does he need?
- Stop the film at 0:19. Look at a dog’s pawprint and compare it with the tracks of other animals.
- Why do different breeds of dogs look so different? Find out about beagles and poodles.
- Design a poster, video or website to promote a local rescue centre.
- Stop the film at 0:32. Why does the door handle point down? (So that dogs can’t open it!) Design a door handle with a specific purpose.
- Stop the film at 0:07 and look at the elements of the title design (pawprint, dog silhouette, colour palette etc). Design your own title for the film.
- Listen to the soundtrack at 0:41, when the female character enters. How does the music change? Why does it change? Does it change at other points in the film?
- Discuss why animals end up being rescued and what they need.
- Stop the film at 1:33. Why has the beagle ripped up his bed and covered himself in fluff? Is it a good idea?
- Why does the female character change her mind about the poodle?