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As we begin the 2017-18 school year, check out our 100% free lessons and activities on humane education and animal welfare from your friends at HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers). Get your school year off to a great start with our common core aligned lessons that teach students to be caring and compassionate toward animals, plants and our world. Whether for Earth Day or everyday, HEART's ready to print lesson plans and activities teach ELA, literacy and math skills from Kindergarten to middle school to high school. Download our free lessons today!
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GRADES 3 – 5
Animals: It’s Their World Too
Students are presented with information (text, pictures, and video) about the lives of wild animals in their natural habitats and compare and contrast that with information about their lives in the circus.
Students learn about the vocal expressions and body movements of wild animals and how they use them to communicate and express their feelings. The instructor will read a pre- written story and the students act out the appropriate vocalizations and body movements of the animals that correspond with various parts of the story.
Through discussion and participation in a role-play that involves investigating an animal neglect case, students will understand the importance of providing for an animal’s needs.
A Happy Home for Every Dog and Cat
Students will learn about companion animal overpopulation and homelessness as well as puppy mills and the conditions in which dogs are raised. Students will use a wide variety of resources to learn about these topics, including video, a math worksheet and discussing an individual dog’s story from homelessness to adoption.
Friends on the Farm
Students learn about the basic needs and natural behaviors of farm animals and compare that to what their lives are like on factory farms.
Wildlife Under Fire
Students work in small groups and each group reads a story about a specific animal and how the animal is affected by a specific environmental issue. The issues that are covered are: habitat destruction; pollution; climate change; poaching; and endangered species. Students consider ways to help protect these animals.
Circle of Compassion
Students create their own circles of compassion, using construction paper. Inside the circle they write and draw who or what they most care about and would stand up for if they were in need.
Helping Homeless Animals
HEART 43 Students read stories about animals who have lost their homes and consider what could have been done differently to prevent them from becoming homeless.
Clean It Up!
Students will be exposed to the detrimental impact of human beings on the ocean and its inhabitants. Students will participate in a service-learning project, cleaning up and logging the amount of plastic and non-plastic litter they find in a designated area.
Humane Message Stickers
Students brainstorm humane messages about kindness toward people, animals, and the planet. They choose a message and write/draw it on a sticky label to wear and promote their humane message.