Caged at what cost?
Key stage: 3/4
Subject / Area of learning:
- Design and technology
Students should learn:
- to form opinions and debate those opinions
- to consider the ethical and moral issues that intensive farming can raise
- about the different methods of egg production and how these affect the welfare of egg-laying hens
- to understand that consumers have the power to improve the lives of farmed animals
At the end of this lesson:
- most students will have a basic understanding of the three main methods of egg production used in the UK.
- most students will have formed opinions and will understand that we can all make a different to the conditions in which animals are kept on farms
- some students will know that some methods of farming are kinder than others
- some students will have formed opinions and debated them. They will also be able to provide examples of a number of ways in which they as an individual can try to improve the lives of farm animals
Download the full lesson plan: Caged at what cost?
What's included in this lesson:
Starter activity - help students to decide what they think about farm animals and how they should be treated.
Main activity - Laying hens: what do you know?
Plenary activity - What can you do? Explore what individuals can do to try to improve the conditions in which farm animals are kept.
- complete research into what is already being done by retailers to improve the welfare of laying hens
- prepare a presentation for the rest of the the group to highlights this information
- survey a local supermarket or bring in egg boxes to see if the labelling is clear
- students can make their own illustration of what they think the three systems for keeping laying hens look like
- design posts to highlight the health and welfare problems associated with battery cages