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Most Good, Least Harm

Learn direct ways to become involved with the community, make better choices as consumers, and develop positive messages to live by, and discover that our simple decisions really can change the world.

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Resources: Not Enough Homes

Not Enough Homes: Adding Up the Pet Overpopulation Problem

This activity helps young students hone their basic math skills while learning about pet overpopulation. Recommended for: Grades 1-3. Time: 30-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 1-3.   Find out how some of our other activities connect to Common Core Standards (pdf): IHE activities for Common…

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Resources: Whom do you Pet?

Whom Do You Pet & Whom Do You Eat?

What are our relationships with different kinds of animals, and why do those relationships exist? Lead students in an activity which explores why we treat different types of animals differently, and how we can  learn to view them with different eyes. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 60 minutes   Common Core Standards for…

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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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Rsources: Vanishing Rainforests

Vanishing Rainforests

Use this activity to help students practice their math skills while gaining a real sense of how much rainforest is being destroyed and brainstorming what they can do to avoid contributing to rainforest destruction. Recommended for grades 6 through 8. Time: 50-120 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for…

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Resources: Sustainer

Sustainer

Students become castaways on a remote and pristine island and must determine how to live in a way that is sustainable for all people, animals, and the island itself. Recommended for grades 8 and up. Time: several weeks   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grade 8. Download Common Core…

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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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Leave Only Footprints

Everyone has an ecological footprint. Participants use paper footprints to simulate the impact of their choices on the earth. Extension activities allow students to explore their ecological footprints and what choices can be made to reduce them. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 45 minutes Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common…

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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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