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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Helping Students Become “Neighborhood Detectives”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 6, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Many of us grew up with Mr. Rogers singing and talking about neighbors and our neighborhoods, and Sesame Street has connected generations of children with a sense of place. An important part of falling in… More

Scavenger Hunt

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 8, 2013 | Filed under College/Adult, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science

Help participants rediscover the wonder of the natural world by taking them on an outdoor scavenger hunt for which they’ll record their finds, rather than “taking” anything. Recommended for All ages. Time: 45-60 minutes  … More

Enter the Winter YES! National Student Writing Competition

Written by blogger | No Comments | Published on January 3, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image screenshot YES! Magazine. This winter our friends at YES! are sponsoring a writing competition for students in middle school through university. Students are to read the YES! article, “What Can Change When We Learn… More

Night Watchers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 5, 2012 | Filed under Elementary, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science

Take participants on an exciting adventure that includes an exploration of the wonders of the night and an examination of the stars, planets and other astronomical bodies. Recommended for grades 3-7 (and older, with modifications)…. More

Natural Treasures

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 4, 2012 | Filed under Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Help students get in touch with their sense of wonder for the natural world while developing their observation, map-reading and teamwork skills. Recommended for grades 2-7. Time: 30-60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this… More

Find Your Tree

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 12, 2012 | Filed under College/Adult, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Humane Education, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science

Participants get in touch with their senses and nature by finding “their” tree using senses other than sight. Recommended for grades 3 and up. Time: 30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf):… More

Everything is Beautiful

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 15, 2012 | Filed under Arts, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science

Students use four of their senses to explore beauty in nature. Recommended for grades K-2. Time: 15-30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades K-2.   Find out… More

Why We Need Humane Education: We Protect What We Love

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on July 23, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image copyright Institute for Humane Education During a recent presentation to students from the University of Richmond, I led a Wonder Walk, an outdoor activity in which people lead each other, in pairs, on an… More