Unlikely Animal Friends – Working Together with Different Perspectives

Unlikely Animal Friends – Working Together with Different Perspectives

  • Primary
  • Year 1 - 2
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Social
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students learn why it's important to appreciate differing perspectives by interacting with an illustrated story that contains a powerful message. They also explore the benefits of forming friendships with people who have different personal qualities to them by participating in a series of creative and reflective tasks requiring them to draw upon personal experiences and their knowledge of animals.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • learn the importance of accepting and appreciating people who have different views, backgrounds, personal qualities and experiences to their own. They will understand how appreciating diverse perspectives can lead to a range of benefits for themselves, each other, and their community.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain the value of sharing and appreciating different opinions and perspectives
  • create a story that demonstrates how two different animals could combine their skills to help each other
  • list how they and others can benefit from appreciating diverse perspectives.

Lesson guides and printables

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions: 

Health and Physical Education - Years 1 and 2
- Personal, social and community health:

  • Describe their personal qualities and those of others, and explain how they contribute to developing identities (AC9HP2P01) 

Personal and Social Capability - Level 2 (Years 1 - 2)
- Social Awareness - Empathy

  • Describe similarities and differences between the needs, emotions, cultures and backgrounds of themselves and others

Personal and Social Capability - Level 2 (Years 1 - 2)
- Social Awareness - Relational awareness:

  • Describe ways they can initiate and develop relationships, including identifying how others may feel in a range of contexts

Personal and Social Capability - Level 2 (Years 1 - 2)
- Self Awareness - Personal awareness:

  • Describe personal qualities and how these contribute to growth

Syllabus outcome (PD1-10)

Resources required


  • Social skills
  • Reflection
  • Creative thinking

Additional info

This lesson draws on evidence from Evidence for Learning, an independent, not-for-profit organisation.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

Related professional learning

The teacher tips and learning concepts featured in this lesson are informed by evidence from Evidence for Learning’s resources.

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