Welcome to TeachKind, PETA’s humane education division! We are former classroom teachers, here to help schools, educators, and parents promote compassion for animals through free lessons, virtual classroom presentations, advice, online materials, and more. With TeachKind’s resources, you can “feed two birds with one scone”—simultaneously fostering compassion for animals and helping students develop academic skills—and start building empathy for all right now!

Test Prep and Empathy-Building Reading Passage: Fireworks Are Devastating, Not Dazzling

This lesson plan is designed to help teachers present animal rights and environmental issues to their students. If you’re an educator, please feel free to adapt this material to fit your needs—and please contact us if you need help incorporating it into your curriculum. When you hear the word “fireworks,” you probably think of holiday … Read more »

‘Unlocking the Animal World: Incredible Facts and How Kids Can Be Superheroes for Animals’
Crazy Cool Facts About Cicadas to Foster Curiosity and Compassion

You can get your students excited to practice informational writing and foster empathy for other sentient beings at the same time! TeachKind’s cicada factsheet will have young people asking, “Wow, really?” and will inspire kindness toward these enchanting insects. We’ve even included discussion questions to help students develop critical thinking skills and perspective-taking. Cicadas are … Read more »

The 5 Cruelest Classroom Animal Experiments

Here at TeachKind Science, we love science! As animal advocates and educators, we must all be on the lookout for cruelty and speak up when we see it, and experiments involving animals raise ethical concerns due to their cruelty and speciesism. The good news is that there are superior humane replacements for every animal-based experiment. … Read more »

Meet the Winners of TeachKind’s 2024 Teacher of the Year Contest

May is National Teacher Appreciation Month, and in celebration of compassionate educators, TeachKind is announcing the winner and runners-up of our 2024 Teacher of the Year Contest. We heard from teachers from across the U.S. who are taking the phrase “feed two birds with one scone” to the next level, providing high-quality academic instruction while … Read more »

‘Froggin’ Awesome: TeachKind Science’s 2024 Pilot Program Highlights

Get a glimpse into more compassion for frogs as TeachKind Science reflects on its 2024 dissection pilot. Then get your school to hop to it and sign up!

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