Whale breaching the ocean's surface

Whale’s Stomach

Students learn about the impact of our “throwaway society” by exploring all the different kinds of trash found in a whale’s stomach. Recommended for grades 3-8. Time: 15-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8.   Find out how some of…

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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: Pedro Comes for a Visit

Pedro Comes for a Visit

Pedro the parrot comes to visit and shares his story with students, revealing how they have the power to help protect his rainforest home and his fellow neighbors. Recommended for grades 1-5. Time: 45 minutes to several days   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 1-3. Download Common Core…

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Three baby chicks huddled together

A Moment in Your Shoes

How will students feel spending a moment in the shoes of a battery hen or a child slave? Use this lively and thought- provoking activity to introduce human and animal issues and the connections between them. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 45 minutes to several days   Common Core Standards for this activity…

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dinner party

How’d That Get on My Plate?

Everybody eats, but how often do we stop to think about how the food on our plates got there and about the impacts of that food on people, animals and the planet? This activity encourages participants to explore how sample ingredients in our food might affect the environment, people, and animals, and what alternatives might…

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Resources: Greatest Impact

Greatest Impact

Groups of students analyze the impact of behaviors and product choices to determine which choices have the greatest impact on the environment, on human health and well-being, and on other species. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: Several weeks to a month   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for…

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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: 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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Alien in the Ethical Universe

Alien in the Ethical Universe

Participants receive a visit from a traveling alien on a fact-finding mission to learn how beings treat other beings on Earth.  Answering the alien’s questions reveals the inconsistencies in how our society encourages us to treat others and encourages students to think critically about our choices. Recommended for grades 5-8. Time: 20-45 minutes   Common…

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Palm oil pods and seeds

Exploring the True Price of Palm Oil

by Marsha Rakestraw Last updated 1/31/19 Look in your shopping cart, and you probably see soap and other beauty products, baked goods and other processed foods, perhaps some cleaning products. What you don’t see is that about half those products contain palm oil, which means they are contributing to the destruction of forests and communities,…

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