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Kind News September/October 2011: Just for Teachers

Teacher resources to supplement the September/October 2011 issue of Kind News

Kind News Sept Oct 2011 cover


Enhance your classroom's Kind News experience with worksheets, lesson plans, and other resources relating to the topics covered in the September/October 2011 issue.


Prairie Dog Code (Junior/Senior, grades 3-6): Students will decode words to fill in the blanks on interesting prairie dog facts.

Make a Prairie Dog (Primary, grades K-2): Provide students with this worksheet along with some scissors and glue or tape to make their own paper prairie dog!

Lesson Plans

Aligning with the "Speaking of Prairie Dogs" feature is our two-lesson Prairie Dog Unit, in which you'll explore the prairie food web and turn your classroom into a prairie dog burrow. We also suggest Kitty Fright to emphasize why cats are best kept indoors. Browse our other animal-themed lesson plans for more ideas.

More Resources


  • Learn more about Professor Con Slobodchikoff's prairie dog studies at conslobodchikoff.com and in his videos on Youtube. The videos explain his findings in a clear, easy-to-understand manner—perfect for sharing with your students. His book, Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society, co-authored with Bianca S. Perla and Jennifer L. Verdolin, is a must-read for prairie dog buffs.

  • Want to get involved in the Martha Speaks Shelter Dog Campaign? Contact your local public television station or go to pbs.org. The campaign offers fun events and opportunities to volunteer during National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Nov. 6-12. A special week of episodes highlighting responsible pet adoption, including a brand-new episode, begins Monday, October 3, on PBS KIDS! (Check  local listings.)