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Resources categorized as Type: Lesson Plans/Activities & Subject: Environmental Protection

Amazing Nature

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 11, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Math, Resources, Science

This activity uses hands-on examples and curiosity-inspiring facts to spark wonder about the natural world. Recommended for grades 1 through 6. Time: 30-60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core… More

An Ocean of Plastic

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 6, 2013 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Using the five gyres of plastic pollution as a springboard, this activity encourages participants to explore the issues surrounding trash in our oceans and to develop solutions. Recommended for grades 3-5 Time: 3 to 4… More

Cast Your Vote

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 11, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

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… More

Choices Cards

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 15, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Health, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

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,… More

Circle of Compassion

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 15, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, Arts, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

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… More

Clothing Line-Up

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 15, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

We make choices every day about what we wear, but how often do we pay attention to the impact of our clothing choices on others? Students explore more and less harmful clothing options from the… More

Consejo de Todos Los Seres Vivos

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 8, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Arts, College/Adult, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Spanish

¿Qué espera una montaña? ¿Y un lobo, una vaca o un rio? Los participantes deben de convertirse en una parte de la naturaleza y compartir sus vidas, preocupaciones, esperanzas y conocimiento del ser que son… More

Council of All Beings

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 15, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, Arts, College/Adult, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

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… More

Earth Court

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 28, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, Environmental Protection, Health, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

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… More