wonder box

The Wonder Box

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, painting, a picture of the object(s), writing a poem, listing describing words, creating a story, etc. The Wonder Box can…

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Resources: What is Powerful?

What is Powerful?

This icebreaker activity helps students explore power and understand the systems in play that create and perpetuate privilege and oppression. Recommended for grades 5-8. Time: several days of a 45-minute class

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Different kinds of Lego people lined up in rows on a grey surface

Where Are the People Like Me?

Students assess examples of  media (catalogs, magazines, books, etc.) to consider who is (and isn’t represented) and to explore the impact of lack of diversity in media and their own rich experiences with diversity. Recommended for grades 4-10. Time: 45-60 minutes

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Resources: Mouse vs. Zucchini

Mouse vs. Zucchini: A Lesson on Perspective

Using a brief video featuring a mouse and a zucchini on a kitchen counter, students will consider the issue of perspective and discover and think about the perspectives of other people and of nonhuman animals. Recommended for grades 2-7. Time: 30 minutes

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plastic trash washed up from the ocean

An Ocean of Plastic

Using the five gyres of plastic pollution as a springboard, this activity encourages participants to explore the issues surrounding trash in our oceans and to develop solutions. Recommended for grades 3-5 Time: 3 to 4 60-minute sessions  

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Resources: Not Enough Homes

Not Enough Homes: Adding Up the Pet Overpopulation Problem

This activity helps young students hone their basic math skills while learning about pet overpopulation. Recommended for: Grades 1-3. Time: 30-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 1-3.   Find out how some of our other activities connect to Common Core Standards (pdf): IHE activities for Common…

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heroes & enemies

Heroes and Enemies

We’re often told to look for heroes we can turn to for inspiration. How often do we seek out what we can learn from people we dislike, or those who’ve done evil? This activity explores what we can learn from both our heroes and enemies (what to do and what NOT to do). This activity…

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Word Power

Words have enormous power and often assign value. This activity explores sample words in context and what kinds of value those words imply. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Time: 15-30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 4-5:  http://bit.ly/1dFjnYv Download Common Core for grades 6-8:  http://bit.ly/14QJcit Download…

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Resources: What is a humane life?

What is a Humane Life?

What’s a typical Saturday look like in the life of someone striving to live a more humane life? Participants follow a “humane presenter” or a “humane wannabe” through a reenactment of their day to learn about the whats and whys of making humane choices every day. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 90-120 minutes…

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What Makes a Humane Being?

What Makes a Humane Being?

What are the most desirable and undesirable qualities of humans? Use sample stories and pictures to help students identify our best (and worst) qualities and how we can encourage humane qualities in ourselves and others. Recommended for grades 3 through 6. Time: 30-60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core…

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