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Media Literacy Clearinghouse

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 28, 2015 | Filed under Communication, Education, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Created and maintained by educator Frank W. Baker, the Media Literacy Clearinghouse offers lesson plans, resources, and more to help educators teach K-12 students media literacy skills and help them think critically about media issues. 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

Making Connections, Creating Solutions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 16, 2014 | Filed under College/Adult, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

This activity helps students think about how we are all connected and how our actions impact others and the environment and inspires students to learn more about issues that interest them and to create solutions… More

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Humane Education Activity: Racism Alphabet

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

The headlines are full of examples of racism, and many of our institutions promote and condone the discrimination and oppression of people of color. As part of a recent research project, MTV discovered that millennials,… More

My Garbology

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 4, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Math, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Websites

My Garbology is a website that offers an interactive game for students, as well as suggested lesson plans for teachers to help students learn about waste and waste conservation. Students learn about waste issues, composting,… More

Map Your World

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 4, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Rights, Language Arts, Math, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

Inspired by the documentary “The Revolutionary Optimists” Map Your World offers a curriculum and resources to help teachers empower their students to explore local and global issues that matter, to write surveys, collect data, and… More

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Humane Education Activity: The Heartbeat of Social Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on October 23, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

People often find it easy to judge oppressions that society has addressed in the past, yet miss the similarities between past and present forms of oppression. This activity for students in grades nine and older,… More

True Price and MOGO Speed Rounds

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 13, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Health, High School, Human Rights, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Through these quick icebreakers, help make it second nature for students to think about how all their decisions relate to a just and humane world. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 5-20 minutes More

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Resources for Reexamining Columbus Day

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Today is Columbus Day in the U.S., and this year, as in generations before, elementary schools all across the country will teach another group of children that, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and… More