Online Humane Educational Curriculum
Why Humane Education?
- Pets are a part of our community and a part of many families. We want to teach children how to care for pets and treat all animals humanely as part of character and citizenship education.
- Animal abuse has been shown to be directly linked to bullying and domestic violence. Childhood cruelty towards animals can lead to violence against humans. Educating children early about humane issues can break this cycle.
- Many topics within the Alberta K-12 curriculum lend themselves to using humane issues as the content to teach various concepts and skills.
- As children are usually very interested in animals, humane education usually has a high interest level.
What is available?
As this kind of material can be time consuming to locate and organize, we have prepared thirteen lesson plan idea units each including:
- Specific learning objectives and rationales for each unit
- Clear connections to the Alberta Education Program of Studies
- Teaching strategies and tips, interesting activities and detailed background materials for teachers and students
- Focus on interesting and fun ways to learn about pets and their needs, especially in the units for elementary students (There is one unit dealing with the more serious issues around animal cruelty that is geared to older students.)
- Activities and handouts ready to go in PDF form (independent reading levels identified using Flesch Kincaid)
- Recommended websites for further information
Support from Cochrane & Area Humane Society staff and volunteers to:
- Explain and discuss lesson ideas and resources
- Update resources
- Visit your school to present any portion of any unit
Is it reproducible?
We have obtained copyright permissions from many other humane organizations. All of the material included in our curriculum is reproducible for educational purposes as long as the material is not altered in any way and the source is clearly identifiable. The Cochrane & Area Humane Society does not necessarily endorse all of the views expressed in material obtained from other humane organizations.
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Overview of Lesson Plan Units
The "Topic" field in the table below links to the full lesson plan page.
|Subject||Grade Level||Topic||Focus||Example Activities|
|ELA||1 - 3||Animal Heroes||How animals help us, e.g. seeing eye dogs, therapy animals, explosive sniffers, etc.||
|ELA||7-9, 10-12||Controversial Humane Issues||Controversial issues: breed bans, use of animals in research, animals in entertainment, and the link between animal abuse and family violence||
|Math||4-6||The Economics of Pet Ownership||The cost of pet ownership and the commitment needed to own a pet||
|Math||4-6||Pet Math||Pet overpopulation, spay/neuter issues||
|Health & Life Skills||4-6||The Human-Animal Bond||The human-animal bond and how that animals have emotions like people||
|Health & Life Skills||K-3||Bite Prevention||What can cause dogs to bite and how to be safe||
|Health & Life Skills
|Animal Careers||Careers that involve animals||
|Pet Care||Pet needs and how to care for them||
|Science||2||Hot Dogs & Cool Cats||The effects of extreme temperatures on pets||
|Pets in the Environment||
|Social Studies||K-2||Good Neighbour Pets||How being a responsible pet owner is part of good citizenship||
|Social Studies||3-7||Animal Shelters and Volunteerism||
- Alberta SPCA - website with more lesson plans linked to the K-12 Curriculum including elementary French, music and art.
- Alberta SPCA Learning to Care through Kindness to Animals - A guide for teachers
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