- Use some of the information on this website, including the
Chained Dog's Poem or Donovan's Story, to educate students about chaining. Ask
students to complete a creative writing exercise about life for a
captive animal (chained dog, zoo animal, factory farm animals, circus
animals). Students can write a "first person" account of what it would
be like to live that animal's life and to see through that animal's
- Have students investigate an animal rights/welfare issue and write
facts and their opinion about it.
American Humane Association has some excellent humane
education ideas. I particularly like pages two and three of this worksheet, which asks students to write about what
kindness means and write about the meaning of quotes such as, "The
greatness of a nation and it's moral progress may be judged by the way its
animals are treated.--Gandhi" This exercise also asks students to consider
the circle of compassion.
Teach Kind has some
good activities and essay ideas for middle school students.
The book Nobody's Pets by Debra White is a moving chapter book about
some adventuresome shelter animals. It is a also a story about friendship,
hope and determination. If you mention this site when you order,
UnchainYourDog.org will receive a portion of the proceeds.
Students can visit the Humane Teen website to learn more about animal welfare
issues and find out what other teenagers are doing to help animals.
The Dumb Friends
League of Denver, Colorado has a list of downloadable lesson plans for
older students that can be tailored to your own community.
Teenagers can get a free subscription to the Fund for Animals' Animal Free
Press, which features celebrity interviews and articles on animal
issues. Posters and comic books are also available free.
Humane Association offers excellent Be Kind to Animals and
Be Kind to Animals...and People, Too! units for K-12 students. All
materials are available for download, including a Humane Education Pledge
Form. The curriculum is easy for first-time humane educators to use.
Please take advantage of these great ideas!
Share The World
offers excellent reproducible activities and a free video geared to grades
3-5. You can request a free humane education kit to be mailed to you.
National Association for
Humane and Environmental Education offers a Humane Teen website and
publishes a wonderful, award-winning newsletter called Kind News. For just
$30.00 a year a classroom will receive 32 issues each month and a Teachers
a classroom today!
Kind offers lesson plans and videos on many animal welfare issues.
is a website
for children, where kids can subscribe for the free magazine GRRR! GRRR!
is a cool, colorful magazine with lots of celeb interviews. You can also
download back issues.
Janie's Coloring Hats is a fun activity where kids color
black and white animal drawings that are then made into hats.
British Columbia Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers units on bite
prevention, "kindness counts" and empathy, rabbits and guinea pigs.
Federation of Humane Societies publishes a newsletter called The
Humane Educator, and you can read many wonderful articles from back issues
on the site. CFHS also publishes a newsletter for kids and has an online
Just For Kids
section with great articles such as "Harry Potter and the Owls."
National Humane Education Society will mail you a humane education
packet including lesson plans, a Teacher's Guide, tips on connecting with
schools, and interactive ways to present humane ed. They will also visit
classrooms free in New York, DC, and California. NHES also has a For
Kids site with activities, games, scout badge info, and more.
League of Denver, Colorado has a wide range of lesson plans for all
for Animals offers free subscriptions to Animal Crusaders, a
quarterly newsletter, and a 50-page teaching unit Dog and Cat
Overpopulation 101. You can also download back issues. Visit the kids' page for
Foundation offers humane education publications and videos.
The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
has a Learning to Care catalog offering videos, books, resource kits,
handouts, and all kinds of other materials.
Institute for Humane Education offers a distance learning master's
degree in Humane Education, along with a Humane Education Certification