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Humane Education Activity: Whale’s Stomach

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw A recent report notes that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in our world’s oceans. And in the last few months there have been multiple reports of whales dying… More

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Teacher Suspended for Showing Students Footage of Animal Abuse: What Should Have Happened Instead

Written by Zoe Weil | 3 Comments | Published on February 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

This blog post was originally published on Common Dreams. Reposted here under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. by Zoe Weil Michael Fields, a science teacher in the Au Gres school system in Arenac County,… More

What Do the Primary Causes of Death in the US Have to Do With the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico? (A Solutionary Unit)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 31, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Consumerism, Education, Environmental Protection, Food & Diet, Health, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Math, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

What are the biggest killers of people in the U.S. today? What is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico? How can these two seemingly disparate problems possibly be connected? This unit is designed… More

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Resources for Integrating Social Justice Into Your Classroom

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on January 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy, today, it’s important to remember that, with global challenges growing and violence, injustice, cruelty and destruction flourishing, it’s vital that we address… More

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12 Most Popular Humane Education Activities in 2015

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 28, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

  Humane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the many resources we provide for teachers, activists, and changemakers in our online Resource Center. We offer more than 125 humane education activities for… More

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So Long, Joneses! I’m Buying Nothing New Next Year

Written by Lexie Greer | 1 Comment | Published on December 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Lexie Greer I don’t know who the Joneses are, but I’m breaking up with them. I am tired of trying to keep up, of being made to feel inadequate, of being told that… More

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Children’s Picture Books About War and Peace

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on December 7, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Some children have known war their entire lives. As journalist and peace teacher, Colman McCarthy says, “Why are we violent, but not illiterate? Because we are taught to read.” We teach children… More

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Humane Education Activity: Wonder Box

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on September 10, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Start nurturing reverence for nature and a sense of wonder from the first day of school. The Wonder Box is used to hold a collection of various natural found objects (shells, leaves, feathers, rocks, etc.)…. More

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Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines

by Paul Fleischman

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 1, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

“Eyes Wide Open” (208 pgs, grades 7-12) is a quick succession of information highlights on topics ranging from dependency on oil to the role of lobbyists in our daily lives. The book is full of… More

Retraction Watch

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 19, 2015 | Filed under College/Adult, High School, Resources, Science, Websites

Retraction Watch publishes stories and information related to retractions in the scientific literature. This site is useful for exploring the importance of accurate information, credibility, critical thinking, and evaluation and analysis of scientific papers. More