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Tips for a More Compassionate, Earth-friendly, Healthy Halloween

by Marsha Rakestraw According to the National Retail Federation, people in the US are planning to spend about $9 billion dollars on Halloween in 2018, an average of almost $87 per person. That’s a lot of candy corn and plastic fangs. And the biggest growth trend is in pet costumes. There are numerous reasons to…

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19 Lists of Children’s Picture Books for Your Humane Education Classroom

by Marsha Rakestraw Children’s books are a terrific tool for sharing positive values, teaching students (in age-appropriate ways) about global ethical issues, and inspiring them to take positive action. They are a powerful part of any classroom and curriculum. Here’s a round-up of 19 of our lists of suggested children’s picture books on a variety…

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5 Tips for Keeping a Sweatshop-Free Closet

by Marsha Rakestraw We’ve all done it: Seen a nice shirt or must-have pair of pants or shoes. We buy them (usually at a discount price, because we’re bargain hunters after all) and take them home. We wear them for a bit, and then the new and shiny wears off. We get bored with them…

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Most Good, Least Harm

Learn direct ways to become involved with the community, make better choices as consumers, and develop positive messages to live by, and discover that our simple decisions really can change the world.

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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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Resources: Where in the World?

Where in the World?

Students “shop” for T-shirts to help them make the connection between what they wear and the conditions under which it’s made. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: At least two days   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some of our other activities…

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Resources: Which harms less?

Which Harms Less?

Great for a larger assembly, this activity asks students to compare pairs of similar products to consider which of the two helps more and harms less. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 15-30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 5-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12….

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Resources: Ethical Dilemmas

Ethical Dilemmas

Help students think deeply and critically about what it means to be our best selves and about the ethical quandaries between balancing personal desires with kindness toward others by engaging them in an exploration of personal and global ethical scenarios. Recommended for grades 3 through 8. Time: 60 minutes   Common Core Standards for this…

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Giving In to “Bad Guys”: The Parental Struggle of Making Choices That Support Our Values

Image courtesy of mikecs83 via Creative Commons.  We’re swamped with some exciting projects (stay tuned), so please enjoy this repost from 11/23/10. by Mary Pat Champeau, IHE’s Director of Education “Conflict is the gadfly of thought. It stirs us to observation and memory. It instigates us to invention. It shocks us out of sheeplike passivity,…

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9 Tips for Horrorific & Humane Halloween Costumes

by Marsha Rakestraw Dressing up on Halloween isn’t just for kids. According to the 2011 National Retail Federation survey, almost half of adults plan to don costumes for Halloween this year, and more than 1 in 10 pet guardians will adorn their furry friends. Americans are expected to spend $2.5 billion on Halloween costumes this…

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