rainforest in the classroom

Why We Need Humane Education: Students Need to Be Solutionaries

by Amanda Schmidt In 1995 when I was eight years old, we moved from Palmdale, California, across the country to Buffalo, New York, where I still currently live. Some of my best memories are from living in California. My early experiences there laid the foundation that has led me to humane education. Palmdale is a…

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I Am a Humane Educator: Lauren Allison

Lauren Allison, who earned her M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Humane Education, teaches middle school English at a school in Porter, Indiana. She discovered humane education while looking for options to complete her master’s. She said, “The moment I read the description of the courses and explored IHE’s website, I knew that…

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Forests of the Future?

Help students learning English as a second language practice their skills and gain vocabulary by writing about a future scenario regarding Earth’s forests and what we can do now to protect our forest ecosystems. Recommended for grades 7-12. Time: 2 class periods

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Resources: Exploring Deforestation

Exploring Deforestation

Students explore global deforestation and its causes and consequences and consider solutions that do more good and less harm for all. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: A few days to several days  

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Resources: Natural Value

Natural Value

Students reflect on an image that captures 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. (As an alternative, students can do this activity focusing on an individual animal.) Recommended for grades 8-12. Time: 45 minutes

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school garden

8 Resources for Greening Your Schoolyard

by Marsha Rakestraw You only have to watch kids in a garden or park to know that we humans have a special connection with the natural world. Studies have shown that we benefit physically, emotionally, and mentally (including academically) from our interactions with nature. Yet except for a hemmed-in tree here or there, or a…

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Resources: True Price

True Price

Students will explore the positive & negative impacts of our product choices on themselves, other people, animals, and the earth. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 20-60 minutes, or several days Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12. Find out how some…

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Resources: Trash Investigators

Trash Investigators

What’s in our trash that doesn’t need to be there? Participants investigate a trash source and analyze which items can be removed from the waste stream. Recommended for grades 4-8. Time: 30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 4-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8.   Find…

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children & nature

Local Treasures

Reawaken wonder about the natural world and teach students about the environment in which they live by sending them on a treasure hunt! Recommended for grades 3 and up. Time: 2 hours   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core…

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Find Your Tree

Participants get in touch with their senses and nature by finding “their” tree using senses other than sight. Recommended for grades 3 and up. Time: 30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find…

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