We need to protect our environment for our health, the survival of wildlife, the well-being of our ecosystems, and our future. We want to teach children from an early age to appreciate wildlife and the natural world. It is also essential for them to know simple, important ways that they can show respect and care for animals and the environment.
Students discover why it is important to protect the natural world and to respect the animals with whom we share our environment. Students also talk about how litter can harm animals, and they practice cleaning up their neighborhood by picking up trash around their classroom and learning about which items can be recycled. Finally, students sing a song about caring for our planet.
Students will be able to…
name at least three examples of wild animals.
identify at least two ways that people can show respect toward wildlife.
explain why it is important not to litter.
KINDNESS FOR ALL
This is the fifth lesson from our Kindness for All resource guide for educators like you. This seven-lesson curriculum is designed for three-to-five-year-olds and aims to inspire children to act with kindness toward all living beings and the natural world. By implementing this curriculum, you will be playing a vital role in young children’s lives, helping them to value kindness while you nurture it within them—which ultimately leads toward the creation of a more compassionate, equitable, and restored world for all.
The development of this guide was made possible through a collaboration between Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), Social Compassion, and
Volunteers of America Los Angeles.
HEART is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to develop a generation of compassionate youth who create positive change for animals, people, and the natural world. As an award-winning full-service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, and Indianapolis, HEART conducts student programs in-school and out-of-school, offers professional development programs for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for the implementation and expansion of humane education.
Please visit us at www.teachheart.org/library to check out our full library of resources for K-12 educators!
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