This lesson plan is designed to help teachers present animal rights issues to their students. If you’re an educator, please feel free to adapt this material to fit your needs, and contact us if you need help incorporating this activity into your curriculum.
Suggested grade levels: Kindergarten–5th grade
Objectives: To have students use their imagination to create artwork; to demonstrate motor skills by coloring, cutting, and assembling an animal mask; and to show how wearing a mask can help one relate to someone else—in this case, animals
Looking for a fun way to tie arts and crafts into a lesson on the importance of relating to animals? Well, we’ve got one! Your students will enjoy expressing themselves through art while they learn interesting facts about animals and form a deeper understanding of the many qualities that we share with them.
If you teach kindergarten through third grade, adapt the following mask-making project to the particular needs of your class. This is a great way to teach your students about various animals, such as chimpanzees, elephants, tigers, and dolphins, and, of course, give them a chance to be creative and design their own unique mask depicting the animal of their choice.
If you teach fourth or fifth grade, use the following papier–mâché mask project. This project focuses on great apes who are forced into the entertainment industry, and it will help students understand why animals shouldn’t be taken out of their natural habitats. At the end, they’ll have a completely original papier–mâché mask to take home.