Resources: Don't Tread On Me

Don’t Tread on Me: Exploring Oppression

This activity helps students think critically about what oppression is and who gets oppressed, and invites them to consider ways they can promote justice and equality. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 60-90 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12….

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Resources: Council of all beings

Council of All Beings

What does a mountain wish for? A wolf? A cow? A river? Participants “become” a being or part of nature and share the lives, concerns, hopes and wisdom of their being in a Council. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Time: 1-2 hours   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for…

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Resources: What does Humane World look like?

Circle of Compassion

What is compassion? Who and what are in our circles of compassion? This activity serves as a springboard for exploring compassion and uses “scenario” stations to inspire participants to think about who’s in their circle of compassion and why, and what they can do to make a positive difference for those being oppressed. Recommended for…

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Resources: Choices Cards

Choices Cards

Bottled or tap water? Fair trade or conventional? Sport hunting or taking photos? Participants consider pairs of related behaviors and products and contemplate which choices do the most good and least harm for people, animals, and the earth. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 10-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf):…

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Resources: Cast your Vote

Cast Your Vote

Students learn about the “hidden ingredients” in every day products and practice voting their values by “buying” different kinds of items. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 30-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some…

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Resources: Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Participants explore the hidden lives of their everyday stuff by investigating how ordinary products come into existence & who/what has been helped or harmed in the creation & distribution of that product. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 45 minutes to several weeks   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core…

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Reclaiming Billboards

Analyzing Advertising

Students learn to be ad-savvy by exploring the pervasiveness of ads in their lives and by analyzing what ads are trying to sell…and trying to hide. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 45-60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 5-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12….

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Resources: Be a C.R.I.T.I.C.

Be a C.R.I.T.I.C.

Participants learn and use the C.R.I.T.I.C. technique to enable them to bring critical thinking skills to any information they receive, whether from industry, non-profits, government or media. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 30-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades…

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Resources: the Aliens have landed

The Aliens Have Landed: Exploring Oppression, Rights & Freedoms

Students explore oppression, rights & freedoms by participating in a scenario in which aliens have invaded Earth and humans must plead their case not to be oppressed to a Universal Court. In the extended lesson plan, students also explore and compare different kinds of oppressions related to humans and animals. Recommended for grades 8-11. Time:…

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Heroes & Enemigos

Heroes & Enemigos

A menudo se nos dice que debemos buscar heroes, que podemos acudir a ellos en busca de inspiración. ¿Que tan a menudo buscamos aprender de la gente con la que estamos en desacuerdo, nos disgusta o aquellas que han hecho algún mal? Esta actividad explora que es lo que podemos aprender de ambos, nuestros heroes…

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