Exploring Nature’s Wonders

This activity helps preschoolers appreciate the beauty of nature and all its small wonders by going on a nature walk and conducting a scavenger hunt to find various elements in the natural world. Grades: Early Childhood (Pre K-2)Time: 45 minutes Related IHE Resources: Wonder Walk, The Wonder Box , Our Wondrous Earth

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Our Ocean Home

This lesson helps students understand the importance of keeping our oceans and beaches clean Grades: Early Childhood (Pre K-2)Time: 30-45 minutes Related IHE Resources: Kindness For All Living Beings, Early Childhood Humane Education Book List

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Kindness for All Living Beings

The purpose of this activity is to teach children the importance of showing love, kindness, and respect towards all living beings, including animals and humans. Grades: Early Childhood (Pre K-2)Time: 45-60 minutes Related IHE Resources: Early Childhood Humane Education Book List, We Fit Together

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Our Wondrous Earth

This lesson introduces preschoolers to the wonders of the earth through exploration of various biomes found around the world. The goal is to make learning an interactive and memorable experience and to foster excitement about the diversity in our world, not just in humans and animals, but in nature. Grades: Early Childhood (Pre K-2)Time: Variable…

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We Fit Together

This lesson aims to teach students that they matter as individuals, that we have things in common, and that they bring special qualities to society. Grades: Early Childhood (Pre K-2)Time: 45-60 minutes Related IHE Resources: Early Childhood Humane Education Book List

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What Should We Teach?

What Should We Teach?

What should we teach students in school? Given the realities of globalization, constantly evolving technologies, rapidly shifting job opportunities, and a planet in peril from climate change, it’s important to re-evaluate the body of knowledge and skillsets that we require children to obtain. It helps to come to this task with a beginner’s eyes, unfettered…

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Transforming Education and the World: An Interview with Steve Cochrane, IHE’s New Executive Director

Passionate about preparing young people to lead lives of joy and purpose, Steve Cochrane has had a remarkable journey through the field of education. It is a journey that has taken him from the campus of Princeton University where he served as an admissions officer and an assistant dean of students to the classroom of…

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What’s Wrong With Education and How to Make It Right

What’s Wrong With Education and How to Make It Right

Most people in industrialized countries have experienced 13 years of formal schooling, so it is not surprising that many consider themselves to be legitimate critics of education. Our feelings about schooling run the gamut. Some believe that if the curriculum and pedagogy were good enough for them, they should be good enough for children today. Others…

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Water Issues

Wildlife Issues

Find suggested books, websites, articles, videos, lesson plans, activities and other resources on wildlife conservation, habitat, and protection issues to help you learn and/or teach about this topic. Curated by the Institute for Human Education.

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