Dressing Pets

Dressing Pets lesson plan

Send your pets to work as you choose careers and draw cats, dogs, and other pet pals in clothes and environments that fit their new jobs.

  • 1.

    Have students consider careers or lives their pets might have if they were human beings. A spunky ferret might be a surfer, a lively parakeet might be a pilot, or a goldfish might be a deep sea diver, for example.

  • 2.

    Think about the types of uniforms or clothing that various careers or activities require. Use Crayola® Colored Pencils or Color Sticks on construction paper to draw a favorite pet in a costume.

  • 3.

    On lined paper, students write a descriptive story or poem about the pet in their drawing. Edit it, or ask a friend to review it, for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing own clearly.
  • SS: Identify and describe ways family, groups, and community influence the individual's daily life and personal choices.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Career Day by Anne Rockwell; Whose Hat is This? by Katz Cooper; When I Grow Up by P.K. Hallinan; Helpers in My Community by Bobbie Kalman
  • Invite community members to speak to students about their careers during a career day event. Prior to the event, have students compose general questions that can be asked of any presenter. Students create a graphic organizer to be completed at the conclusion of each presentation. When the day's event is complete, have students post learning to a class blog.