Students assess examples of media (catalogs, magazines, books, etc.) to consider who is (and isn’t) represented, explore the impact of lack of diversity in media, and realize their own rich experiences with diversity. Recommended for grades: 4 and upTime: 45-60 minutesRead more »
In this icebreaker, participants learn just how important words and actions are when they explore their impact on two apples. Grades: PreK – 8Time: 5-10 minutesRelated IHE Resources: Where Are the People Like Me?Read more »
Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs
Winner of the 2008 Moonbeam Award
A strange substitute teacher with interesting ideas sparks Medea and Claude to think about the world and the choices they make, which leads them on a mysterious hunt to rescue kidnapped dogs.
Council of All Beings
An activity to widen perspectives Participants “become” a being or part of nature and share the lives, concerns, hopes, and wisdom of their being in a Council. This activity widens perspectives, builds appreciation and compassion, and invites participants to consider their impact. Grades: Recommended for grades 4 and up Time: 1-2 hours Related IHE…Read more »
How’d That Get on My Plate?
A lesson on the impact of food choices Everybody eats, but how often do we stop to think about how the food on our plates got there and about the impacts of that food on people, animals, and the planet? This activity encourages participants to explore how sample ingredients in our food might affect the…Read more »
Students learn to be ad-savvy by exploring the pervasiveness of ads in their lives and by analyzing what ads are trying to sell…and trying to hide. Recommended grades: 4 and upTime: 45-60 minutesRelated IHE Resources: We Have You SurroundedRead more »
Alien in the Ethical Universe
Participants receive a visit from a traveling alien on a fact-finding mission to learn how beings treat other beings on Earth. Answering the alien’s questions reveals the inconsistencies in how our society encourages us to treat others and encourages students to think critically about our choices. Recommended grades: 4 and upTime: 20-45 minutesRelated IHE Resources: Wonder…Read more »
Making Connections, Creating Solutions
A lesson on making connections This activity helps students think about how we are all connected and how our actions impact others and the environment. Use this lesson to inspire students to learn more about issues that interest them and to create solutions to address local and global challenges. Recommended grades: 6 and upTime: Three…Read more »
Lesson for teaching about racism: students explore examples of racism, consider perspectives, and discuss ways to eradicate racism in our society.Read more »
A lesson on nature appreciation Students reflect on an image that captures the natural beauty and the intrinsic value that nature has in order to consider their own roles in protecting nature and to help nurture their sense of wonder. Note: As an alternative, students can do this activity focusing on an individual animal. Grades:…Read more »