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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

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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Solutionary Congress Helps Kids Become Solutionaries for a Better World

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 16, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw What happens when students focus their learning and passions on real-world problems and on developing positive solutions? They can change the world. The Solutionary Congress idea was created by IHE president Zoe… More

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A Solutionary Spin on Character Education

Written by Megan Pincus Kajitani | 2 Comments | Published on January 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Megan Pincus Kajitani When my kids’ Montessori teacher asked me last fall to teach a character education curriculum to their K-3 class, I enthusiastically accepted. As a humane educator, I see character building… 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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Explore Lack of Media Diversity With the Activity “Where Are the People Like Me?”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Mattel’s Moschino Barbie  is getting all sorts of attention — and not just because of the $150 price or the fact that the limited-edition dolls sold out within the first hour. The main focus is… More

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Teach Tolerance with the Activity “Judge Not”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 16, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

In the wake of more mass murders in Paris, Beirut, and beyond, there are calls for retaliation, for closing borders, for blaming immigrants, Islam as a whole, and more. When we are angry and terrified… More

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Our 12 Most Popular Humane Education Activities for 2014

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 29, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Humane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the perks we provide in our online Resource Center. We offer more than 125 humane education activities for free download, and we add new ones… More

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Humane Education Activity: Making Connections, Creating Solutions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 11, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

How are a plastic bag, a shell, and some sea water connected? In her lesson plan Making Connections, Creating Solutions, IHE M.Ed. student and classroom teacher Betsy Farrell-Messenger uses objects such as a plastic bag,… More