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Wise Whiskers

Wise Whiskers

A pet safety workshop

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About the workshop

Embark on a wild adventure of knowledge as we dive into the captivating world of animal behaviour and the scientific method in our interactive workshop!

In this engaging session, fifth and sixth-grade students will unleash their inner animal whisperer by honing their observation skills and decoding the secret language of cats and dogs. Hosted by the dynamic team from the City of Calgary's Animal Care and Pet Licensing department, our workshop combines education, entertainment, and essential life skills.

Developed by certified teachers seasoned in creating a blend of fun and education, the workshop guides students through the scientific method. Through hands-on activities and real-world examples, young minds will discover animals' cues to communicate. Get ready to observe, infer and unleash your scientific superpowers!

Highlights of the workshop

  • Scientific Method Exploration: Delve into the exciting world of the scientific method with a focus on animal behaviour. It's not just about facts; it's about paws-on experience!
  • Animal Antics Adventure: Witness the wacky and wonderful world of animal antics. Decode the mystery behind tail wags, purrs, and barks!
  • Technology and Tails: Discover how scientists use technology to gather evidence. Unleash your inner detective and become a technology-savvy animal communicator.
  • Experiential Learning: Our workshop is crafted for active minds! Students actively explore, engage, and apply their newfound knowledge to navigate real-life animal behaviour scenarios.

By the end of our session, students will be equipped to decipher animal communication, confidently navigate tricky situations, and provide evidence to support their chosen actions.

We offer in-school programs for up to 32 students per session, tailored to fit your school's needs. With flexible scheduling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, each session requires a purr-fectly timed 1.5-to-2-hour slot. Book now and let the Wise Whiskers workshop spark a lifelong love for animal safety!

Cost: Free of charge


For information on how to book this free workshop please contact us with all your details.

Learning targets and curriculum connections

Program learning targets

Knowledge & Understanding Outcomes
Students will know/understand…

  • Body language in cats and dogs
  • How different situations affect cat and dog behaviour
  • How human behaviour affects cat and dog behaviour

Skills & Procedures Outcomes
Students will be able to…

  • Describe how DNA technology has been used to provide evidence for where dogs came from
  • Recognize body language cues in a variety of cat and dog breeds
  • Respond appropriately to body language cues in cats and dogs
  • Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate human behaviours when interacting with cats and dogs

Scientific methods learning targets

Knowledge & Understanding Outcomes
Grade 5

  • Phenomena that cannot be directly observed using the human senses can be observed and measured using technologies

Grade 6

  • Hypotheses are proposed scientific explanations developed prior to conducting an investigation
  • Evidence and scientific explanations are subject to further investigation to determine their validity
  • Further investigation can involve a variety of processes, such as using new technologies and methods that reveal new evidence
  • Explanations are used in science to answer scientific questions
  • Scientific explanations are constructed using reliable, objective data and evidence

Skills & Procedures Outcomes
Grade 5

  • Diicuss technologies that provide scientists with evidence that cannot be directly observed using the human senses

For information on how to book this free workshop, please feel free to connect with us.