How can animals be heroes?
Students begin with a kinesthetic activity, learning some American Sign Language (ASL) signs for certain animals. Then they will imagine whether these animals make a difference in the world, and if they can even be heroes, as they learn the definitions of make a difference and hero. Students will hear stories about real animals who have helped people and other animals, becoming heroes. Next, they will discuss how all of these animals have feelings and relationships, building empathy for a range of animals. Finally, they will draw a picture of and write a few sentences about one of the animal heroes, and discuss ways animals can make a difference.
Students will be able to…
Utilize ASL to sign several animals.
Define what it means to make a difference after listening to real stories about animals.
Explain what makes someone a hero using examples from the stories they heard.
Recognize an animal’s capacity for feelings and relationships.
Summarize a story in their own words and make a connection to how animals are helpful.
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This lesson is from our new 2017-18 comprehensive resource guide Justice for All: Educating Youth for Social Responsibility. Comprehensive humane education addresses human rights, animal protection, environmental ethics, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected. Imagine a world where children learn to peacefully co-exist with one another; a world where children learn to respect and honor the environment; a world where children learn to protect the myriad species with whom we share this planet. Humane education encourages students to think about their responsibility to the earth and all of its inhabitants, and provides youth with the tools to make more informed and compassionate choices. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) and the Peace Learning Center have partnered to create this resource guide to help educate youth for social responsibility. HEART’s mission is to foster compassion and respect toward all living beings and the environment. As a full service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland Oregon, HEART conducts student programs (in-school, after-school and in summer camps), offers professional development workshops for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for humane education. The Peace Learning Center educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. It has served more than 200,000 people since its inception in 1997. Growing worldwide, Peace Learning Center now has programs in eight USA cities and five countries.
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