Humane Education

IN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS | CURRICULUM | READING RESOURCES

The need for humane education, in a formal sense, has been echoed in schools, religious institutions and literature since eighteenth-century England. Philosopher John Locke was one of the first to make the connection between childhood cruelty to animals and its escalation to cruelty to other people in adulthood. “…I think people should be accustomed, from their cradles, to be tender to all sensible creatures,” he proclaimed. Henry Bergh, George Angell and Caroline Earle White, the founders of American Animal Protection, also promoted humane education and initiated programs for youth across the United States, many of which continue today through their respective organizations.

Benefits of Humane Education:

  • Cultivates empathy, responsibility and respect for non-human animals, other people and the planet. Children learn that all three are interconnected and vital for a sustainable, humane and fair society.

  • Engenders children with the aspiration and ability to live with values of compassion, integrity and wisdom.

  • Provides the knowledge, tools and resources needed to implement these values in lasting, meaningful ways.

  • Educates in the areas of civility, citizenship and character education.

  • Fosters curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and questioning skills as students are charged with exploring atypical ways of viewing and thinking about the world and their actions.



In-Class Presentations


Bring the Museum's Humane Education Experience into Your Classroom!
Educators with The Animal Museum love to visit schools in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of students or teachers’ curriculum. Choose from one of our readymade outreach programs:

ANIMALS & PEOPLE: A Multi-Sensory, Historical Look (Grades 1 – 6)
Take an investigative look at our shared experience. From the cave drawings of Lascaux, France to the many ways animals interact with us on a daily basis in the 21st century, we’ll explore art, literature, music, and other mediums and discuss the importance of sharing our world with non-human animals in compassionate, meaningful ways.

HELPING ANIMALS: A Proud American Legacy (Grades 4 – 8)
Dive into 19th century America with the founding fathers and mothers of Animal Protection. Urbanization, technological advances, women’s suffrage, and abolitionism set the stage for a larger discussion on the need for animal advocacy then and now. This program not only inspires, but develops respect for animals and concern for their welfare.

WORK IT!: Thinking Outside the Box (Grades 1 - 8)
Move over veterinarians and zoo keepers! This presentation gets the creative, imaginative juices flowing when it comes to innovative careers working with or for animals. Budding artists, architects, lawyers, writers, and musicians (and everyone else) are encouraged to apply! Students will also learn what they can do now to help animals and build their résumé.

Schedule a Humane Education Presentation Today!

Capacity: 30 children maximum per presentation
Duration: 30-60 minutes, depending on teacher preference
Schedule: Monday – Friday, during school or after school hours. Saturdays & Sundays are possible depending on Educator availability.
Fee: $100 for (1) presentation; $375 for (4) presentations. Travel fees may apply.
Reservations: For information and reservations, please call 530.520.5397 or e-mail the Museum at info@museumofanimals.org. Please note, some grants opportunities and discounted presentations may be available.


Curriculum


The Animal Museum is dedicated to creating educational curriculum to supplement both its physical and online exhibitions for use by teachers, parents and educators. To access the curriculum, simply download either the Word or PDF versions of each curriculum. Stay tuned as more curriculum is developed and made available here.

MY DOG IS MY HOME: The Experience of Human-Animal Homelessness
created for the museum by Liz Stanislav / LizziDesign Humane Environmental Education

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PREVIEW:
The following lesson plans are designed for high school students as supplemental classroom resources for educators to share with their students upon viewing the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) exhibit My Dog is My Home: The Experience of Human-Animal Homelessness. The curriculum explores the causes of homelessness for human-animal families, how animals are considered to be members of a family unit, the reciprocal benefits of humans and animals maintaining their family during a homeless experience, the challenges involved in this effort, and solutions to assist human-animal homeless populations. It is the museum’s hope that this exhibit inspires the viewer to consider the homeless issue through an empathetic and solution-based lens.

The subject matter of this exhibit lends itself to high school students (Grades 9-12) since they may comprehend the complexity of the homeless issue and are nearing the age of becoming responsible citizens within their communities where they may be able to advocate for human-animal homeless populations. Students within this age range may have encountered human-animal homeless populations firsthand while not understanding the contributing causes to this complex issue. This curriculum integrates the following disciplines: visual arts, reading, social studies, technology, and writing while encouraging active citizenship, critical thinking and team building skills and volunteer and service learning opportunities. Additionally, this curriculum is aligned to California Public Schools Common Core and Advanced Visual Arts State Standards, Grades 9-12.

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ELEPHANT: forget me not
created for the museum by Liz Stanislav / LizziDesign Humane Environmental Education

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PREVIEW:
The following lesson plans are designed for 6th – 8th Grade students as supplemental classroom resources for educators to share with their students upon viewing the National Museum of Animals & Society exhibit Elephant: Forget Me Not. The curriculum explores the causes of how elephants have become an endangered species, elephant behavior, how elephants contribute to healthy ecosystems, the challenges involved in conserving elephant populations, and solutions to assist elephant and other endangered species populations. It is the museum’s hope that this exhibit inspires the viewer to consider the elephant conservation issue through an empathetic and solution-based lens.

The subject matter of this exhibit lends itself to 6th – 8th grade students since they may comprehend the endangered species issue and may be familiar with the BBC Elephant Diaries series. Students within this age range may be familiar with the term “endangered species” while not understanding some of the contributing causes to this complex issue. This curriculum integrates the following disciplines: reading, writing, language arts, history / social studies, science and visual arts while encouraging active citizenship, critical thinking, cooperative learning, empathy and team building skills. Additionally, this curriculum is aligned to California Public Schools Common Core and Visual Arts State Standards, Grades 6-8.

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Research:
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POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

Crazy Cat Ladies: Celebrating Kitties and Their Champions
created for the museum by Julia McMeans, M.Ed

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Reading Resources


Children have a natural affinity towards the animal kingdom. One avenue in which to foster this interest is through literacy. Here we’ve cataloged tried and true texts from our library that discuss fascinating subjects within the human-animal crossroads.

ANIMAL PROTECTION

Earth Heroes Series (Champions of Wild Animals, Ocean, Wilderness)
Dawn Publications • 2009, 2010 • Ages 9-12
A sound series on the colorful characters who have fashioned the movement to explore, understand, and protect the earth’s wilderness and oceans and their inhabitants.

She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!
By Kathryn Lasky • Illustrated by David Catrow • Hyperion Books • 1999 • Ages 9-12
Chronicles the story of two spirited women who founded the Audubon Society in Massachusetts and their Bird Hat Campaign.

The Boy Who Loved All Living Things:
The Imaginary Childhood Journal of Albert Schweitzer
By Sheila Hamanaka • Animal Welfare Institute • 2006 • Ages 4-8
Presented in the form of a family album, readers discover the compassionate, animal-filled childhood of the man who’s “Reverence for Life” philosophy would make him a household name, establish him as a pioneer in the movement for animal protection, and win him a Nobel Peace Prize.

Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World’s Smartest Horse
by Emily Arnold McCully • Henry Holt and Company • 2010 • Ages 4-8
Self-taught veterinarian, medicine salesman, and former slave, Dr. William Key, becomes caretaker for Beautiful Jim Key. Through kindness, William teaches Jim how to read, write, and carry out arithmetic. The pair become ambassadors for the Band of Mercy, a network of humane youth organizations.

ANIMALS IN AMERICAN & WORLD HISTORY

Abe Lincoln Loved Animals
By Ellen Jackson • Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger • Albert Whitman & Company • 2008 • Ages 4-8
Recounts animal anecdotes from Lincoln’s adolescence and presidential years, showing him to be a very kindhearted individual towards even the smallest of creatures, ants.

Animals Christopher Columbus Saw: An Adventure in the New World
By Sandra Markle • Illustrated by Jamel Akib • Chronicle Books • 2008 • Ages 4-8
Taken from 1492 ships’ logs are the critter interactions Columbus and his sailing crew experienced en route to the New World. Readers learn the reasoning for and basics of the voyage, but also meet influential silkworms, gulls, sailing cats, rats and bugs, Sargasso Sea dwellers, iguanas, manatees, etc.

Animals That Changed the World
By Keltie Thomas • Annick Press • 2010 • Ages 9-12
Discover 20+ animals that have helped shape and develop society, including silkworms that spawned the 4,000 mile Silk Road and cod that lured countless Europeans to the New World with the idea of making a living by fishing. Pun-filled text, interesting factoids and colorful design work make this an engaging text.

Dog of Discovery: A Newfoundland’s Adventures with Lewis and Clark
By Laurence Pringle • Illustrated by Meryl Henderson • Calkins Creek • 2002 •Ages 9-12
Seaman, canine member of the Corps of Discovery, is integral to the journey to and from the Pacific as a hunter, retriever, guard dog, and friend. Formatted as a nonfiction journal based on the explorers’ writings.

Hachiko Waits
By Lesléa Newman • Illustrated by Machiyo Kodaira • 2008 • Ages 9-12
1930’s Japan. Professor Ueno discovers Hachiko as a puppy at the train station. Hachiko is one of the most incredible canine stories of loyalty and devotion. Based on a true story.

Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog
By Pamela S. Turner • Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene • Houghton Mifflin • 2004 • Ages 4-8
A book for younger audiences with colorful and quaint images throughout re-telling the Hachiko story.

One Kingdom : Our Lives with Animals
By Deborah Noyes • Houghton Mifflin Company • 2006 • Ages 12+
A poetic and lyrical inquiry and reflection on human-animal interactions as exhibited in history, science, myth, and story. Ideal for young adults interested in the cultural implications and ethical issues involving animals. Black and white photography and a modern layout make this an artistic publication as well.

Owney: The Mail-Pouch Pooch
By Mona Kerby • Illustrated by Lynne Barasch • Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 2008 • Ages 4-8
A look at the United States Postal Service’s official canine employee whose zest for travel captured hearts around the world.

Thanksgiving in the White House
By Gary Hines • Illustrated by Alexandra Wallner • Henry Holt and Co. • 2003 • Ages 4-8
Lincoln’s son, Tad, befriends and advocates for Jack, a turkey. Based on true accounts, readers learn about the first official Thanksgiving proclamation in 1863 and the presidential pardoning ritual.

Two Bobbies
By Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery • Illustrated by Jean Cassels • Walker Books • 2008 • Ages 4-8
A Cat and dog survive Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, relying on each other’s friendship until their rescue.

Working Like a Dog: The Story of Working Dogs Through History
By Gena K. Gorrell • Tundra Books • 2003 • Ages 9+
From the Stone Age to modern day, Gorrell traces the fascinating, inspiring and at times depressing history of animals in service in this well-researched and comprehensive text. Areas of “employment” include: hunting, companionship, guide/service dogs, war, entertainment, sport, security, rescue, etc.

ANIMALS IN THE ARTS

Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry

By Joyce Sidman • Illustrated by Michelle Berg • Houghton Mifflin • 2006 • Ages 4-8
Colorful concrete poetry depicts the adventures of a runaway puppy and abandoned kitten.

COMPANION ANIMALS

Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People
By Sheila Keenan • Scholastic Nonfiction • 2007 • Ages 9-12
Puns, jokes, and lively fonts make this an enjoyable read on our long, evolving relationship with those furred, feathered and scaly.

Buddy Unchained
By Daisy Bix • Illustrated by Joe Hyatt • The Gryphon Press • 2006 • Ages 5-8
Buddy, narrates his rescue story from a neglectful home and eventual adoption by a loving family. Encourages readers to reflect on responsibility and compassion.

Children Make Terrible Pets
By Peter Brown • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers • 2010 • Ages 4-8
A humorous look at the needs of companion animals and the responsibility involved in guardianship.

Dog of Discovery: A Newfoundland’s Adventures with Lewis and Clark
By Laurence Pringle • Illustrated by Meryl Henderson • Calkins Creek • 2002 •Ages 9-12
Seaman, canine member of the Corps of Discovery, is integral to the journey to and from the Pacific as a hunter, retriever, guard dog, and friend. Formatted as a nonfiction journal based on the explorers’ writings.

Fred Stays with Me!
By Nancy Coffelt • Illustrated by Tricia Tusa • Little, Brown and Co. • 2007 • Ages 4-8
Alternating between homes and routines after her parents’ divorce, a young girl tells of her life and friendship with Fred, her dog. Mom and dad don’t appreciate Fred’s barking and sock-munching, but find solutions with their daughter so that Fred can stay with her.

Hachiko Waits
By Lesléa Newman • Illustrated by Machiyo Kodaira • 2008 • Ages 9-12
1930’s Japan. Professor Ueno discovers Hachiko as a puppy at the train station. Hachiko is one of the most incredible canine stories of loyalty and devotion. Based on a true story.

Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog
By Pamela S. Turner • Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene • Houghton Mifflin • 2004 • Ages 4-8
A book for younger audiences with colorful and quaint images throughout re-telling the Hachiko story.

Maggie's Second Chance
By Nancy Furstinger • Illustrated by Joe Hyatt • The Gryphon Press • 2011 • Ages 5-8
Maggie, a pregnant lab mix, is left behind in her people's deserted house. The tale involves a class of school children to come to her rescue and create an animal shelter in their town. Based on a true story.

Owney: The Mail-Pouch Pooch
By Mona Kerby • Illustrated by Lynne Barasch • Farrar, Straus and Giroux • 2008 • Ages 4-8
A look at the United States Postal Service’s official canine employee whose zest for travel captured hearts around the world.

Tails Are Not for Pulling
By Elizabeth Verdick • Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen • Free Spirit Publishing • 2005 • Ages 4-8
A simple way to learn how companion animals communicate and show children how to interact with them. Includes ideas for teaching kindness to animals, activities, and discussion starters. Also available in a baby board book style.

The Forgotten Rabbit
By Nancy Furstinger • Illustrated by Nancy Lane • The Gryphon Press • 2014 • Ages 5-8
With its compelling color illustrations and evocative descriptions, The Forgotten Rabbit tells the tale of Bella the rabbit as she makes a giant leap from neglected Easter bunny to cherished animal companion. Written so that children five and up can immediately grasp the point, this children’s picture book gives honest but charming insights into the proper care of a rabbit as a companion animal. The story is suspenseful, moving, and, in the end, joyful.

The Way I Love You
By David Bedford • Illustrated by Ann James • Simon & Schuster • 2004 • Ages 4-8
Drawn in charcoal with a light color palette, a small girl celebrates the bond she has with her dog in this short poetic work. The toddler simply outlines the different ways and reasons why she adores her canine companion.

Two Bobbies
By Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery • Illustrated by Jean Cassels • Walker Books • 2008 • Ages 4-8
A Cat and dog survive Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, relying on each other’s friendship until their rescue.

Working Like a Dog: The Story of Working Dogs Through History
By Gena K. Gorrell • Tundra Books • 2003 • Ages 9+
From the Stone Age to modern day, Gorrell traces the fascinating, inspiring and at times depressing history of animals in service in this well-researched and comprehensive text. Areas of “employment” include: hunting, companionship, guide/service dogs, war, entertainment, sport, security, rescue, etc.

FARM ANIMALS

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
By Doreen Cronin • Illustrated by Betsy Lewin • Simon & Schuster • 2000 • Ages 3-7
The cold farm cows are on strike until they receive electric blankets. Farmer is obstinate and agitated by the typewriter-using, racket-making cows. Readers will appreciate the themes of solidarity, justice and compromise.

Granny Gomez and Jigsaw
By Deborah Underwood • Illustrated by Scott Magoon • Disney Hyperion • 2010 • Ages 4-8
When Jigsaw the pig outgrows Granny Gomez's house, she builds him a barn. But then she has another problem: she misses him like crazy! A funny and sweet tale about pigs as companions.

Minny's Dream
By Clare Druce • Nightingale Books (Pegasus) • 2004 • Ages 8-14
The 129-page chapter book chronicles a young girl’s exciting move from the city to the country, where she unexpectedly finds herself neighboring a battery hen operation and befriending a chicken named Minny who dreams of a natural life filled with dust bathing, tree roosting, etc.

That's Why We Don't Eat Animals
By Ruby Roth • North Atlantic Books • 2009 • Ages 4-10
Introduces vegetarianism and veganism to early readers. The book features an endearing animal cast of pigs, turkeys, cows, quail, turtles, and dolphins. These creatures are shown in both their natural state and in the terrible conditions of the factory farm.

Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World’s Smartest Horse
by Emily Arnold McCully • Henry Holt and Company • 2010 • Ages 4-8
Self-taught veterinarian, medicine salesman, and former slave, Dr. William Key, becomes caretaker for Beautiful Jim Key. Through kindness, William teaches Jim how to read, write, and carry out arithmetic. The pair become ambassadors for the Band of Mercy, a network of humane youth organizations.

WILDLIFE

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
By Doreen Cronin • Illustrated by Betsy Lewin • Simon & Schuster • 2000 • Ages 3-7
The cold farm cows are on strike until they receive electric blankets. Farmer is obstinate and agitated by the typewriter-using, racket-making cows. Readers will appreciate the themes of solidarity, justice and compromise.

Granny Gomez and Jigsaw
By Deborah Underwood • Illustrated by Scott Magoon • Disney Hyperion • 2010 • Ages 4-8
When Jigsaw the pig outgrows Granny Gomez's house, she builds him a barn. But then she has another problem: she misses him like crazy! A funny and sweet tale about pigs as companions.

Minny's Dream
By Clare Druce • Nightingale Books (Pegasus) • 2004 • Ages 8-14
The 129-page chapter book chronicles a young girl’s exciting move from the city to the country, where she unexpectedly finds herself neighboring a battery hen operation and befriending a chicken named Minny who dreams of a natural life filled with dust bathing, tree roosting, etc.

That's Why We Don't Eat Animals
By Ruby Roth • North Atlantic Books • 2009 • Ages 4-10
Introduces vegetarianism and veganism to early readers. The book features an endearing animal cast of pigs, turkeys, cows, quail, turtles, and dolphins. These creatures are shown in both their natural state and in the terrible conditions of the factory farm.

Wonder Horse: The True Story of the World’s Smartest Horse
by Emily Arnold McCully • Henry Holt and Company • 2010 • Ages 4-8
Self-taught veterinarian, medicine salesman, and former slave, Dr. William Key, becomes caretaker for Beautiful Jim Key. Through kindness, William teaches Jim how to read, write, and carry out arithmetic. The pair become ambassadors for the Band of Mercy, a network of humane youth organizations.
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