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La Caja Asombrosa

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 24, 2016 | Filed under Arts, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science, Spanish

La caja asombrosa se utiliza para guardar una colección de varios objetos naturales encontrados (conchas, hojas, plumas, rocas, ramas, cadáveres de insectos, etc.). Los estudiantes pueden interactuar con los objetos, inspeccionándolos, utilizando sus cinco sentidos,… 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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Refinding Nature

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on April 6, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan In the Institute for Humane Education graduate school residency program, I participated in Seton watching, a form of nature observation in which I sat quietly and observed a small window of… More

The Wonder Box

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 23, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Arts, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science

The Wonder Box is used to hold a collection of various natural found objects (shells, leaves, feathers, rocks, twigs, deceased insects, etc.). Students can interact with the objects, inspecting them, using their five senses, drawing/sketching,… More

Todo Es Bello

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 22, 2014 | Filed under Arts, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Science, Spanish

Estudiantes usan cuatro de sus  sentidos para explorar la belleza de la naturaleza. Recomendado para grados K-2 Duración: 15-30 minutos Averigüe más sobre Normas Common Core para esta actividad aquí (en inglés). More

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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