Does My Dog Know What I'm Thinking?

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Are animals capable of understanding language, or are they responding to the emotion in their owners' voice and movements? An informative video explores how the dog-human language connection works, including how much language dogs can really understand—and how much dog language people can really understand.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members watch the video on their own before writing a short narrative about an experience they've had with animal comprehension
  • Encourage learners to take short videos of their own dogs or other pets at home, trying the various tricks from the resource
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Internet access for both the video and assessment activity
Pros

  • Engaging for dog lovers and linguistics enthusiasts alike
  • Explore different aspects of the language connection, leaving the possibility of further research open
Cons

  • None
Common Core