“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I taught Humane Education for the Rhode Island SPCA, and I think “Humane” extends to all life: animals, people, the environment. We are all connected.
The Random Acts of Kindness website provides inspiration and ideas. They have a wonderful selection of Research Articles, a Reading List, and other resources. And of course, 350 Kindness Ideas to get you started!
35 Acts of Kindness Ideas
NBC News 26 Acts of Kindness to honour the victims of Newtown
Kindness Calendar and Ideas to share with your kids or students!
Humane Education Links for Parents and Teachers:
Here’s a Pet Overpopulation Class Activity set of activity sheets to use in the classroom.
International Fund for Animal Welfare – Education resources. IFAW works to protect wildlife and their habitat, as well as companion animals. Marvelous lesson plans and videos.
Humane Society of the US – Resources for Parents and Educators
Institute for Humane Education – Resource Center Lesson plans for teachers on a variety of humane education themes, including human rights, environmental issues and animal welfare.
Animals and Society Institute An independent research and educational organization that works to enhance understanding of our complex relationships with other animals, stop the cycle of violence and promote stricter animal protection laws.
Heart – Teacher Resources Resources for teachers, organized by grade range in topics pertaining to animal rights, human rights and environmental issues.
The National Humane Education Society Lesson plans on a variety of humane education topics.
Animalearn: Animals, Ethics, and Education and The Science Bank An excellent organization for teachers, parents, and students seeking alternatives to dissection activities in the classroom, with alternatives and resources.
TeachKind, part of PETA. A resource for teachers.
Educator Resources from Random Acts of Kindness
The Ethical Eater Useful list detailing what food labels really mean.
How to Treat a Pig – a 30 Second Lesson Just because it’s so sweet.
Humane Education Blogs:
Humane Connection blog from the Institute of Humane Education
Abner’s Blog Abner the dog’s humane education experiences. Cute, with some nice ideas for class activities.
Mr. Estopinan’s Blog Looking through the eyes of another.
Humane Society of the US – Resources for Students
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo F. Buscaglia
Additional Humane Education Resources I had put together for my job at the RISPCA:
A wonderful set of animal-related kindness ideas on the Random Acts of Kindness website.
Children’s Books with Humane Themes
Link to NHES (National Humane Education Society) Picture Book/Early Reader Recommendations
Picture Books with Special Needs Characters
Link to NHES Chapter Book Recommendations
Link to NHES Young Adult Book Recommendations
Humane Reading Resources for Older Readers
Useful Humane Education Links for Teachers and Parents
Online Resources in Humane Education
A great link at the Institute for Humane Education’s website: 12 Resources for Free Films on Humane Issues
Home School Website Resources (APHE)
Online Resources for information about Careers with Animals
Animal Cruelty Issues – Animal Testing links on Pinterest
Animal Cruelty Issues – Poaching and Hunting links on Pinterest
Animal Cruelty Issues – In Entertainment and Captivity links on Pinterest
Overpopulation Poem about Don’t Breed or Buy by an anonymous shelter worker in San Diego