Dog Days organizers offer lesson plans for classrooms

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As part of the upcoming Dog Days of Summer project, lesson plans created around the theme of dogs are now being offered for teachers of students enrolled in kindergarten through the eighth grade.

Project organizers said all of the lesson plans take Indiana’s core academic standards into account and are offered in areas including art education, English language arts, math, social studies and science. The plans can be used to supplement already existing curriculum, so area schools will be able to take part in the upcoming Dog Days of Summer events. The Dog Days of Summer project will place decorated, life-size dog statues throughout the area in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and the 100th anniversary of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

More than 40 dog sculptures have been painted by artists and will be displayed from May to September in downtown Lafayette, West Lafayette and on the Purdue campus.

More than 40 dog sculptures have been painted by artists and will be displayed from May to September in downtown Lafayette, West Lafayette and on the Purdue campus.

Participating schools also will be able select some students’ dog art projects to be on display at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette as part of a special exhibit called Dogs Rule. This exhibit will run from June 26 to July 24, with an opening reception for participating students and their families on June 26.

In addition to the lesson plans, a variety of events and activities are planned to enable children to participate in the Dog Days of Summer sculpture project. These include a summer event at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette where children can produce dog art and learn about veterinary medicine and basic dog care; an event at the School of Veterinary Medicine’s annual open house in April where children can paint dog-related items; events at two local pottery stores in which participants can decorate dog-related items; and activities at local community events such as the Round the Fountain Art Festival, Gallery Walk and Mosey Down Main.

More than 40 dog sculptures have been painted by artists and will be displayed from May to September in downtown Lafayette, West Lafayette and on the Purdue campus. Area businesses and individuals are sponsoring many of the dogs. Sponsors at the top level will keep their dogs permanently. All other doges will be auctioned to the public in October.

Proceeds from the project will benefit the School of Veterinary Medicine’s 50th Anniversary Scholarship Endowment and its Good Samaritan Fund, and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette’s art education programs.

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