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Great Peacemakers: True Stories From Around the World

“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it.” ~ David Suzuki “When you have a vision, when you know that what you are doing is good for the people, then you cannot be stopped.” ~ Wangari Maathai “To stop any suffering, no matter how small, is a great action of peace.”…

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A Gathering Crowd: Functions & Rates of Change

Is human population growth threatening to overshoot and jeopardize the earth’s carrying capacity?  If so, what can be done about it? In this activity, students will be able to: describe and model human population growth during the past 600 years with an exponential function, considering both the total amount of growth and average and/or instantaneous…

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Resources: Earth Court

Earth Court

The biggest issues and challenges of our time go on trial as students serve as prosecution, defense and jury, and then develop a solutions-based sentencing. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: Varies   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some of our other…

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What Price Beauty?

This activity encourages students to explore and think critically about the impacts of the ingredients in the personal care products that they use on themselves, other people, animals and the environment, as well as how branding and marketing play into our choices. Recommended for grades 8 and up. Time: A few days to several weeks…

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Resources: Where in the World?

Where in the World?

Students “shop” for T-shirts to help them make the connection between what they wear and the conditions under which it’s made. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: At least two days   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some of our other activities…

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Resources: What does Humane World look like?

What Does a Humane World Look Like?

Have students create their vision of a humane world and compare it to the world we live in now. What are the differences, and how can we make the world “as it is” become the humane world envisioned? Recommended for grades 2 through 6. Time: 15-30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf):…

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Resources: What do we need?

What Do We Need?

What do humans need to be happy and fulfilled? What are our highest needs? What happens when our needs don’t get met? This activity uses Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a springboard for exploring needs. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: 45-60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core…

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Resources: True Price

True Price

Students will explore the positive & negative impacts of our product choices on themselves, other people, animals, and the earth. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 20-60 minutes, or several days 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: Picturing Oppression

Picturing Oppression

Use images from magazines and other sources to spark students to consider the ways oppression, exploitation and dominance of animals and other people are still prevalent. Recommended for grades 7 and up. Time 60-90 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 7-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12….

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Resources: One Person Can Change the World

One Person Can Change the World

Empower students by using stories and activities to show them that one person can make a positive difference. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 30-60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 5-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some of our other…

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