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Paying for a pet


Students calculate the costs of owning a pet and practice choosing an appropriate pet.

Big idea

Researching your options can help you make informed buying decisions. 

Essential questions

  • What should I think about before buying a pet?
  • What are the yearly costs and responsibilities that come with owning a pet?


  • Learn about the costs of owning different types of pets
  • Make an informed decision about selecting a pet

What students will do

  • Determine the first-year cost of owning different types of pets. 
  • Read a scenario and choose a pet for the person in the scenario.

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Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.