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February 10, 2014

Kind News Resource Room

Supplements to the February/March 2014 issue

Kind News magazine, February/March 2014

This February, The Humane Society of the United States is celebrating 20 years of World Spay Day—an event promoting the importance of spaying and neutering pets to help stop the serious problem of pet homelessness. To find events scheduled in your area, visit humanesociety.org/spayday.

Common Core Standards

After students read the feature story, explore the issue with them using the following activities, aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Primary (grades K-2)

W.K-2.2 Use a combination of drawing and writing to compose informative texts. - Remind students that animals are unable to tell us where they live. That’s why pets should wear license or ID tags. Tags can reunite lost pets with their owners. Give your students practice in writing their address. Have them draw a large tag on a sheet of paper—any shape they desire. Then have them write a pet’s name and their address on the tag.

SL.K-2.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud. - Read this short poem aloud: With rushing winds and gloomy skies, The dark and stubborn Winter dies; Far off, unseen, Spring faintly cries, Bidding her earliest child arise. March! —Bayard Taylor. Ask students what they thought about the poem—how did it make them feel? What images do the words paint in the child’s mind? How does the author feel about the month of March? What things in nature might “arise” first in spring? Have students illustrate what they think the poem is saying.

Junior (grades 3-4) and Senior (grades 5-6):

SL.3-4.4 and SL.5.4 - Report on a topic or recount an experience. - Discuss the myths and facts about spaying and neutering on page five of this issue. Explain that a myth is an idea or story that some people believe, but that is not true. Have students heard these myths in the past? Challenge them to do a survey of family and friends. Have them read the myths to the people they survey and ask if they believe it to be true or false. Students should keep a tally of answers and report back to class. Discuss ways that they could educate people about the facts.

W.3-4.4 and W.5.4 - Produce coherent writing appropriate to task and purpose. - Read this short poem aloud: With rushing winds and gloomy skies, The dark and stubborn Winter dies; Far off, unseen, Spring faintly cries, Bidding her earliest child arise. March!— Bayard Taylor. Ask students what they thought about the poem—how did it make them feel? What images do the words paint in the child’s mind? How does the author feel about the month of March? What things in nature might “arise” first in spring? Have students write their own poem about what’s happening in the natural world around them.

Supplemental worksheets

Primary (grades K-2) | Junior (grades 3-4) | Senior (grades 5-6)

Create a Humane Schoolyard 

Every day, more and more wildlife habitat is lost to the spread of development. You and your class can help by creating your very own humane school yard. By setting aside a spot for wildlife and pledging to provide basic needs like water, food, and shelter, you can make a difference. This month’s Humane Backyard project on page six of the print edition will get you started. Simple steps to turn any outdoor space into a wildlife haven

  • Gryphon Press

Book Giveaway!

To celebrate 20 years of World Spay Day, Kind News is teaming up with The Gryphon Press to give away copies of Jeanne Prevost's book It's Raining Pups and Dogs to 21 lucky winners. Enter to win a copy or a classroom set!

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