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April 16, 2014

Kind News Resource Room

Supplements to the April/May 2014 issue

Kind News magazine, April/May 2014

  • As one of the winners of the Kind News Cover Contest, fifth-grader Keely Perry's artwork appears on the cover of the Senior edition. Meet all three winners here!

Meatless Monday has become a global phenomenon that benefits human health, animal welfare, and the environment. Hospitals, corporations, universities, and dozens of school districts across the country have instituted the program with great success. You’ll find detailed information, recipes, and Meatless Monday toolkits at humanesociety.org/mmtoolkit.

Common Core Standards

Explore the issue with students using the following activities, aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Primary: W.K-2.2 Use a combination of drawing and writing to compose informative texts. - Have students create a Meatless Monday recipe book to share with their families, designing and illustrating a cover for the book. You’ll find recipes at humanesociety.org/recipes. While there, you can sign up to receive a new recipe each week.

Junior and Senior: W.3-4.3 and W.5.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events. - Provide students with this story starter and see where their imagination takes them: Erica pulled her hood over her head and buried her chin in her jacket. A sudden April shower had quickly turned into a cold, soaking downpour as she headed home. Walking briskly, she turned a corner—and cried out in surprise. A skinny gray cat stood shivering on the sidewalk. His coat was matted; he wore no collar. Erica wasn’t sure what to do.

Primary, Junior, and Senior: SL.K-2.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud. and W.3-4.4 and W.5.4 - Produce coherent writing appropriate to task and purpose. - Many people give children bunnies, ducklings, and chicks as Easter gifts. Remind students that while it’s true that those animals are cute, the reality is that they are live animals—not toys. They require special food, handling, and shelter. Some may also carry Salmonella bacteria, which can make people sick. Once people realize the amount of care they require, they often drop them off at animal shelters. Those are the lucky ones. Others are left in parks or fields where they can’t survive.

Download the worksheet for this issue (available below for each level) and have students read “A Mind of His Own” aloud. To encourage close reading, ask: What clue in the story tells us that these chicks will not be going home to farms? (The chicks are under “city lights.”) Have students imagine that they are the boy in the story. What do they think the boy said to his friends? How would students try to convince their friends not to take the chicks home? Invite kids to write an ending to the story.

Supplemental worksheets

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

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