Animal-Friendly Idioms That Your Students Will Love

After our animal-friendly idioms went viral, TeachKind decided to create a brand-new set of adorable classroom posters to help you teach your students that the words that we use have the power to influence those around us. Unfortunately, many of us grew up hearing common phrases that perpetuate violence toward animals, such as “kill two birds with one stone,” “beat a dead horse,” and “bring home the bacon.” These old sayings are often passed down in classrooms during lessons on literary devices.

While these phrases may seem harmless, they carry meaning and can send mixed signals to students about the relationship between humans and animals and can normalize abuse. Teaching students to use animal-friendly language can cultivate positive relationships between all beings and help end the epidemic of youth violence toward animals. Try using some of the following fun idioms in your lessons this year:

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In the compassionate classroom, kindness starts at the door. That’s why TeachKind is giving away “Feed Two Birds With One Scone” doorhangers to teachers who want kindness to be the first thing their students think about when they arrive each day. Supplies are limited, so don’t miss out! E-mail us at [email protected] to request a free doorhanger.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind