March 7, 2012
Kind News March/April 2012: Resource Room
Worksheets and more to supplement the March/April 2012 issue of Kind News
In the March/April 2012 issue of Kind News, we learn why black bears are an increasingly common sight in suburban areas across America and how we can peacefully share our world with bears.
Which Ones Are Wild? (Primary, grades K-2) - Young students will decide which animals are wild, and learn why it matters.
A Tale of Two Critters (Junior/Senior, grades 3-6) - Give students a chance to view a human/animal conflict from different perspectives while giving them practice in critical thinking and creative writing. Students' answers will vary.
Just as there is a lot to consider before bringing a pet into the home, there is even more to consider before bringing an animal into the classroom. The behaviors and habits of animals such as guinea pigs, gerbils, and rats mean they are not suited for a classroom environment.
The same goes for reptiles and other wild animals, who also pose disease and other risk factors. Your best bet is to pass on keeping a classroom pet. But you can still teach valuable lessons about responsible pet care. Find our animal-friendly suggestions for incorporating pets in the classroom.
You and your students can watch the San Nicolas Island cats on our cat cam, then learn more about what you can do to help feral cats. Consider adapting our Care for Ferals project to your students' grade level and making it a class activity.
Don't Buy Animals for Easter
Each year, animals given as Easter gifts are dropped off at animal shelters or simply abandoned when the novelty wears off and the reality of long-term care sets in. Kids can help! Make it into a class project. Show students this quick video and share some of the facts about Easter pets. Here are a few things kids can do to help:
- Talk to their parents about the problems with Easter pets. If fewer children ask for Easter pets, fewer adults will buy them.
- Design and display posters about the issue at school.
- Make announcements on your school’s P.A. system. Spread the message that pets aren’t just for holidays; pets are for life!