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August 16, 2012

Kind News Resource Room

Supplements to the August/September 2012 issue

Kind News magazine for kids

Kind News August/September 2012 cover

The HSUS

As another school year begins, we want to wish you success and hope that you will continue to make Kind News a part of your curriculum. In this issue, we recognize 11-year-old animal advocate Alyssa Grayson. If you know of a child or children in your school who are making a difference for animals, please let us know.

Questions for discussion

Alyssa Grayson’s favorite wild animal is the wolf. Ask students: What is your favorite wild animal? Why? Have them name at least three things the animal does in the wild. Would the animal be able to do these things if he was kept captive? Remind students that wild animals  should be free to live in the wild. Share National Geographic’s “Wolves: A Legend Returns to Yellowstone” with your students. Available on YouTube, it’s a fascinating look at the reintroduction of these majestic animals into Yellowstone National Park.

Printables

After students solve this month's Critter Clues and learn the mystery critter is a snake, pass out our worksheets to share more cool facts about these unique creatures.
Primary, grades K-2: Snake Opposites
Junior, grades 3-4: Give a Snake a Break
Senior, grades 5-6: Give a Snake a Break

You can also print out the activity pages from the Primary edition for students to complete: Color My Collar and Down the Drain.

More resources

  • "A Tribute to Wolves" is an informative video produced by sixth-graders from Woodmere, N.Y. It would make a wonderful supplement to your discussion of wolves—and may inspire students to take on a similar project.
  • Not sure how to go about constructing a rain garden? Follow step-by-step instructions and then read tips from a middle-school teacher who created and maintains a rain garden with his students.
  • Smart parents, curious kids: That's the target audience for Happly, a new iPad app. By aggregating fun, interactive content and allowing parents to also add articles and videos for each child, Happly keeps kids engaged and parents at ease. Download it for free in the app store.

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