Dear Christopher Cat
Over the summer, several people in my community were exposed to a rabid cat. I teach fourth grade and am planning a class on rabies. Can you guide me to some resources?
World Rabies Day, September 28, is an ideal time to devote a day to studying rabies. Plan each class -– from arithmetic to reading -– around the topic.
You’ll find a general lesson plan, complete with slides, at www.worldrabiesday.org; just click on Education Bank. Lesson plans are available for other age groups too.
Your students’ lesson covers the impact of rabies, how to avoid contracting the disease, preventing dog bites, and how rabies can be eliminated. Included are a coloring activity and pre- and post-lesson quizzes.
Also consult the Centers for Disease Control Web site at www.cdc.gov/rabies. Click on Rabies and Kids.
Let your colleagues know that the CDC has an outstanding rabies lesson plan designed for students in biology and health classes from grades 9 through 12.
Another good resource is www.veterinarypartner.com.
To make World Rabies Day memorable, invite a therapy dog or confident cat to visit your class to remind your students that they shouldn’t be afraid of well-socialized pets.