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A Gathering Crowd: Functions & Rates of Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 6, 2013 | Filed under College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Lesson Plans/Activities, Math, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

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… More

A Moment in Your Shoes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 4, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

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… More

Alien in the Ethical Universe

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 10, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

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… More

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

Analyzing Advertising

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 11, 2012 | Filed under Communication, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

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. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 45-60 minutes… More

Be a C.R.I.T.I.C.

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 11, 2012 | Filed under Health, High School, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media Literacy, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Participants learn and use the C.R.I.T.I.C. technique to enable them to bring critical thinking skills to any information they receive, whether from industry, non-profits, government or media. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 30-45… More

Behind the Scenes

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

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… More

Beyond “Us and Them”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 2, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Communication, High School, Humane Education, Lesson Plans/Activities, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

This activity encourages reflection on how each of us creates mental barriers between ourselves and those we see as “them” and how that lens can be a barrier to humane education or changemaking work; and… More

Boys Like, Girls Like, Kids Like

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 1, 2013 | Filed under Early Childhood, Elementary, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources, Social Studies/History

This activity helps younger children think critically about gender roles, gender bias, stereotypes, and how diverse and alike we can be. Recommended for: Grades Pre-K – 2. Time: 30+ minutes More