How can people and wildlife peacefully coexist in shared spaces?
In this lesson, students will learn what a habitat is and how habitats provide what animals need to be healthy and happy. They will examine human activities that can damage and disrupt habitats and harm the animals who live there. An example of such activity, which is highlighted in the lesson, is the way that human settlements (cities and towns, roads, and other infrastructure) have disrupted the habitat of native animals. Some animals remain in these settled areas and now people see them living in backyards or around cities. Students will learn how we can peacefully and respectfully coexist with the wildlife with whom we share the earth and our own neighborhoods. Finally, they will uncover ways to improve the damaged habitats to help wildlife live more safely alongside people.
Students will be able to…
Define the term habitat.
Understand that wildlife species have unique needs and must live inspecific habitats to be healthy and happy.
List ways that human activity affects animal habitats and wildlife.
Identify at least 4 ways people can be good neighbors to wild animals and peacefully coexist with them.
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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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