Exploring the Impacts of Our Consumer Choices [lesson plans]
by Marsha Rakestraw Jack Frost nipping at our noses. Silver bells ringing. Chestnuts roasting. Credit cards groaning. Retailers giggling with…
14 Resources for Highlighting Heroes
by Marsha Rakestraw October is Anti-Bullying Month, and many schools around the country are putting special focus on bullying behaviors.…
17 Resources for Teaching About Food Waste
by Marsha Rakestraw “Every day, we’re teaching kids that food is trash.” ~ Jonathan Bloom Our school food systems in…
Words Can Hurt: Activities About the Power of Words
by Marsha Rakestraw Whoever created that whole “Sticks and stones … but words will never hurt me.” idiom didn’t know…
I Taught Kindergarteners About Plastic Pollution, and They Are Eager to Be Part of the Solution
by Elizabeth O. Crawford, Ph.D. During Earth Week 2018, I was a guest presenter to kindergarteners attending Island Montessori School…
Teacher Planner Offers Resources, Ideas for Exploring Social Justice Issues
by Marsha Rakestraw Many teachers are eager for resources that can help them integrate humane education (which includes social justice)…
Helping Students Explore Childish Gambino’s “This is America”
by Marsha Rakestraw On May 5, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, released “This is America,” a new song and music…
Building Empathy and Critical Thinking: A Lesson About Animals
by Zoe Weil A few years ago at our Summer Residency for educators at the Institute for Humane Education, teacher…
Resources for Teaching About Sexual Harassment, Assault, and Violence Issues
by Marsha Rakestraw While the recent #MeToo movement has amplified the problem of sexual harassment and violence, such violence has…
Making Connections, Creating Solutions (lesson plan)
by Marsha Rakestraw How are a plastic bag, a shell, and some sea water connected? In her lesson plan Making…
Take Calculated Steps to Reduce Your Footprint
by Marsha Rakestraw You’ve probably read tons of tips about living lighter on the planet, but have you ever taken…
Get Wise About Water: Ideas and Resources for Teaching About Water Issues
by Marsha Rakestraw Many of us take for granted washing our hands, using flush toilets, getting a drink of clean…