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Humane Education is the term for any curriculum that teaches students to care for the animals in their homes and communities. The goal of humane education is to create a culture of empathy and caring by stimulating students' moral development and sense of responsibility. The end goal of humane education is to create a more compassionate and responsible society.
Humane education introduces children to the emotions of animals and
links this knowledge to a wider understanding of environmental issues and
ecosystems. It is about fostering kindness, respect and empathy for both
human and nonhuman animals.
You could use the following humane education activities in association
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Students will compare the life of a chained dog to that of a happy family pet:
Students will write an ending to this
by Debra White. The story is about a cat, Harriet, who moves to a new
house and is surprised to find a dog, Joey, chained in the yard next door.
Can Harriet help free Joey?
American Humane Association has some excellent humane education ideas.
Teach Kind has
some great activities and free materials for students of all ages. Get a
free classroom subscription to
Grrr! Magazine, which features animal-friendly musicians, actors, and
athletes; inspiring stories of young people who are helping animals; and
simple things that students can do to help animals in their own
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.
American 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!
PETAKids is a website
for children, where kids can subscribe for the free magazine GRRR! - a
cool, colorful magazine with lots of celeb interviews. You can also download
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 Guide. Sponsor a classroom today!
Teach Kind offers lesson plans and videos on many animal welfare issues.
Janie's Coloring Hats is a fun activity where kids color black and white
animal drawings that are then made into hats.
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies offers PDF back issues of their humane education newspaper for children.
The 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.
Dumb Friends League of Denver, Colorado has a wide range of lesson plans for all ages.
The Latham Foundation
offers humane education publications and videos.