Trotsky isn’t your regular house pet…he’s a pig! He and his human Elvis enjoy a very special friendship. In this lesson, children will learn about the complex and endearing nature of pigs – an often misunderstood animal.
Year Level: K–1
Learning area: Science
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking; ethical understanding; literacy
Lesson duration: 80 minutes
Your child will:
- learn about the unique characteristics of pigs
- understand that pigs have physical, social and emotional needs, just like humans do
- understand that pigs kept as pets live differently to pigs raised on farms, and that it’s the responsibility of humans to make sure their needs are met.
- ACSSU002: Living things have basic needs, including food and water
- ACSSU211: Living things live in different places where their needs are met
- ACSSU017: Living things have a variety of external features
Tip: Your child can use the worksheets for this lesson independently.
Scroll to the top to download this lesson’s material:
- ‘Piggy Features’ worksheet
- ‘What Do Pigs Need?’ worksheet
- Optional: ‘Fun Facts About Pigs’ colouring activity
Vocabulary: snout, tail, squeal
Discussion: What do you know about pigs?
Would pigs make a good pet?
Part A: Trotsky and Elvis
Spend five minutes talking over the following discussion points with your child:
- What do you know about pigs?
- Do you think pigs would make a good pet? Why/why not?
Afterwards, watch the video ‘A pig in high heels’ below, where Elvis talks about his special friend Trotsky.
Video © Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Tip: Younger children may need extra help to read some of the words.
Part B: Piggy Features
Use the worksheet ‘Piggy Features’ for this part of the lesson. Your child will need to remember the piggy characteristics mentioned in the video, and colour the statements true or false. They will then draw some physical features of a pig.
Fun fact: Some people think pigs smell bad, but that’s not true. Pigs don’t sweat and are very clean. In fact, they don’t like to go to the toilet where they eat or sleep. When pigs are confined in small pens, like on many farms, they become trapped with their own waste buildup, which then causes a bad odour.
True: smart, fast, cheeky
False: dirty, lazy, smelly
Fill in the word: hooves, snout, tail, squeal
Part C: What Do Pigs Need?
Pigs have needs, just like humans do. They need warmth, food, water and social time.
In this part of the lesson, your child will complete the worksheet ‘What Do Pigs Need?’, where they will circle the needs pigs share with humans.
Children will then think about how differently a pet pig might live compared to a pig raised on a farm. This creative exercise will encourage them to think about how different habitats affect living things.
Circle: food, shelter, water, fresh air, exercise, social time
Discussion: What new things did you learn about pigs?
What do you wish all pigs could enjoy?
Part D: Reflection
Spend the final part of the lesson talking over the following discussion points with your child:
- What are two new things you learned about pigs?
- What two things do you wish all pigs could enjoy, whether they live in a house or a farm?
Your child can colour in the ‘Fun Facts About Pigs’ activity sheet while learning some cool new things about pigs.
Download additional worksheets that explore the feelings and needs of farm animals. Click on the button below to download bonus worksheets for your child to complete.