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Our Top 13 Most Popular Humane Education Activities for 2013

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 9, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2014/01/09/top-13-popular-humane-education-activities-2013/

world map with plastic people on itHumane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the perks we provide in our Resource Center. We offer more than 100 humane education activities for free download, and we add new ones often. And we’ve now added Common Core standards information to most of our activities.

Here are the 13 activities that were most frequently downloaded  in 2013:

13.  True Price
Students explore the positive and negative effects of our product choices on themselves, other people, animals and the earth.

12.  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.

11.  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

10.  Two Apples
In this icebreaker, participants learn just how important words and actions are when they explore their impact on two apples.

9.  Amazing Nature
This activity uses hands-on examples and curiosity-inspiring facts to spark wonder about the natural world.

8.  Circle 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.

7.  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.

6.  A Gathering Crowd: Functions and Rates of Change
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 rates of increase; explain the strengths and limitations of modeling human population growth with an exponential function; and explore and discuss some of the environmental, cultural and economic effects of human population growth.

5.  Not So Fair and Balanced: Analyzing Bias in the Media
This lesson plan helps high school students (and adults) take a closer look at prejudices, the biases that media reflect and perpetuate (such as what they do and don’t report, or how particular genders or ethnicities are portrayed), and the ways we are influenced by those media biases.

4.  A Moment in Your Shoes
How will students feel while 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.

3.  When I Grow Up
Help students think critically about gender stereotyping in jobs and careers and consider nontraditional gender roles.

2.  Selling “Boy” and “Girl”
Students use toy catalogs to explore gender stereotypes and consider nontraditional gender roles.

1.  Boys Like, Girls Like. Kids Like
This activity helps younger children think critically about gender roles, gender bias, stereotypes, and how diverse and alike we can be.