PETA Docuseries ‘The Failed Experiment’ Is a Surefire Attention-Grabber

PETA’s docuseries “The Failed Experiment” will capture students’ attention and prove to be a valuable teacher resource for exploring the topic of animal testing.

TeachKind’s Rescue Stories Helped Students Score Higher on Common Core Reading Comprehension Tests!

TeachKind’s Rescue Stories not only inspire children to be kinder and more respectful to animals but also help them score higher on Common Core reading comprehension tests!

Is Animal Dissection Effective? A New Review Has the Answer
Literary Theme Lesson: Taking a Stand—Empower Students With ‘Liberation Summer’

Theme lessons help students connect to a text and relate it to real life. Here’s a theme lesson for a powerful story your students are sure to enjoy.

Free Training: New Social Justice Curriculum for Secondary Educators

Looking to teach about social justice issues but not sure where to start? Join us for a free training session!

Create a Compassionate Word Wall for Every Grade Level

Make a new word wall using these terms, or integrate compassionate words into an existing word wall to promote empathy for all living, feeling beings.

How to Incorporate Animal Rights Into Your Elective Classes

In some schools, elective course subjects extend beyond the standard art or foreign language classes. More and more schools are incorporating a wider range of electives or bonus classes to help diversify student skills and knowledge. Some schools refer to these as “exploratory classes,” and the subject matter often diverges from the typical K–12 academic … Read more »

Teach Students How to Be a Hero for Insects in the Classroom

Model for students what to do when insects or spiders find their way indoors.

Inspire Empathy for All Living Beings With a Gallery Walk

Get students out of their seats and having meaningful discussions about treating all living beings with kindness and respect with this thought-provoking activity.

Teaching With Film: ‘Breaking the Chain’ Discussion Questions

Executive producer Anjelica Huston presents “Breaking the Chain,” a documentary following PETA’s dedicated fieldworkers as they help neglected animals.

The Devil’s Dictionary: How Language Can Be Used for Good or Evil

No matter what they call it, using animals in experiments is wrong—period.

Racist N.C. Meat Industry: How Teachers Can Fight Environmental Racism

Connect the dots for your students on environmental racism and the meat industry with this guide from TeachKind.

Get Inspired to Save Animals With this Fun Outdoor Activity!

Teach students to act responsibly for the planet and all animals.

This TED Talk Will Open Your Students’ Eyes to the Remarkable Similarities Among All Animals

Ecologist and writer Carl Safina shares discoveries and anecdotes about the thinking and feeling capabilities of animals.

Teach Students the Importance of ‘Veganizing’ Their Plates

Show students how easy it is to make every aspect of their meals vegan—with TeachKind.

Analyze Some of PETA’s Most Powerful Ads With Our Executive Vice President

While studying rhetoric and persuasive writing, students can learn from these eye-catching ad campaigns.

2020 in Review: How TeachKind Rallied for Students, Educators, and Animals

In spite of 2020’s obstacles, humane educators continued teaching their students the importance of being kind to animals.

How to Help Animals During the Holidays With TeachKind

Teach students to show compassion to animals this holiday season and beyond.

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Lecciones de español y recursos para el aprendizaje de TeachKind

Una colección de recursos de TeachKind en español.

Challenging Speciesism in English Language Arts (Grades 6–12)

Animals are living, feeling beings—not inanimate objects.

Joaquin Phoenix: El ‘Joker’ Vegano en Defensa de los Animales (Grados 6-12)

El actor Joaquin Phoenix usa su éxito para crear más conciencia sobre los animales; su historia también puede ayudar a inspirar a tus estudiantes a alzar la voz por los animales.

Joaquin Phoenix: The Vegan Joker in Defense of Animals (Grades 6-12)

Actor Joaquin Phoenix uses his success to raise more awareness for animals—and his story can help inspire your students to speak up, too.

Unlearning Speciesism: A Lesson in Media Literacy

Speciesism, the misguided belief that one species is more important than another, is deeply engrained in our society, but it can—and should—be unlearned.

Our Favorite TeachKind Lessons for Summer School!

TeachKind invites summer school educators to supplement their curriculum with our humane education activities and lessons.

Let TeachKind Help You—With Our Virtual Lessons and Activities

While you’re teaching virtually, make use of our array of interactive digital resources.

Attention, Parents! Virtual Learning Resources for Grades K–12

Keep kids learning at home with compassionate lessons.

Help Children Develop Social and Emotional Learning Skills With TeachKind Resources

In this time of self-isolation, students can still hone their social and emotional learning skills with TeachKind resources.

Host a Student-Led Book Club Based on PETA President’s Bestseller ‘Animalkind’

“Animalkind” is a fascinating study of reasons why our fellow sentient beings deserve our respect—and it also suggests steps that every reader can take to put this new understanding into action.

Celebrate National Library Week at Home With TeachKind!

This National Library Week, take advantage of TeachKind’s many literary resources from the comfort of your own home.

Teaching With Film: Meet Scientists Who Choose Not to Experiment on Animals

“Test Subjects” exposes the pressure on young scientists to hurt animals—even when doing so is contrary to good science.

Parents: Digital Dissection for Home Learning

TeachKind’s list of science resources will have your kids learning quickly and humanely at home!

Activities: Other Animals Are Just Like Us (Grades 6-12)

Teach your students to better understand other species— because the more we learn about animals, the more we realize that animals are just like us.

Drop the Egg Experiment in Favor of Humane STEM Activities

Avoid supporting the cruel egg industry by replacing the “egg drop” experiment with one of these nine projects.

6 Empathy-Building Ways to Celebrate the ‘Year of the Rat’ in Your Classroom

The Chinese Lunar New Year brought us the Year of the Rat, so let’s learn more about these smart and sensitive animals.

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TeachKind Makes It Easy to Teach Empathy in the Classroom

TeachKind offers many free resources to help teachers instill kindness in their students—here’s how your class can take advantage of them.

39 Images and Daily Writing Prompts That Will Help Your Students Develop Empathy for Animals

Help students learn about and relate to animals—and reflect on the animal issues they learn about—on a regular basis.

Grades 6-12 Printables

Use these resources to further students’ understanding of various animal rights issues. The application of this age-appropriate material can promote compassion and empathy for all living, feeling beings. Click on the image to download the file. Click on the text below it to access the corresponding lesson.

Rescue Stories Printables

Use these resources to further students’ understanding of various animal rights issues. The application of this age-appropriate material can promote compassion and empathy for all living, feeling beings. Click on the image to download the PDF file. Click on the text below it to access the corresponding lesson. Grades K-2 Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades … Read more »

TeachKind Rescue Stories: Mayflower the Turkey

Rescue stories reveal the stark reality faced by many animals, but they’re ideal for learners of all ages and abilities because the happy endings motivate students to take action.

5 Humane Education Resources for Students With Special Needs

Humane education and special education share several core values. Both practices aim to modify the general education curriculum to include those who are marginalized and use unconventional teaching methods. Both place social and emotional learning at the forefront of a child’s education and recognize that academic content can—and should—be taught in tandem with soft skills … Read more »

Debate Kit: Is Speciesism Unethical?

All animals deserve rights and equal consideration, and speciesism is an unjustifiable bias. Have students use this kit to explore the reasons why.

Humane Education Lessons for Building Character

With a little creativity, you can teach any positive character trait through humane education.

What’s a Vegan? Activities to Answer This Question for Students of All Ages

Being vegan is simple, but the ethics behind a lifestyle that doesn’t use animals are complex. Use TeachKind resources to explain them to students in easy-to-understand terms.

DIY: Make Vegan Ice Cream with Your Students

Set aside some time to make vegan ice cream with your students in the classroom.

Fishing: Activities to Teach About the Human Impact on the Environment

Can you imagine oceans with no fish in them? According to some researchers, that might be the situation by 2048 if humans keep eating as many fish as they do now.

TeachKind Rescue Stories: Lucky and the Good Samaritan Who Saved Her

Rescue stories reveal the stark reality that many animals face, but their happy endings motivate students to take action, making them well suited to learners of all ages and abilities.

Debate Kit: Should the Commercial Seal Slaughter Be Stopped?

The Canadian government should end its funding of the commercial seal slaughter immediately. Have students use this kit to explore the reasons why.

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TeachKind Rescue Stories: Waheed and Tracy the Camels Fall in Love

Rescue stories reveal the stark reality that many animals face, but their happy endings motivate students to take action, making them well-suited to learners of all ages and abilities.

TeachKind Rescue Stories: Miss Willie’s Bucket List

Rescue stories reveal the stark reality that many animals face, but their happy endings motivate students to take action, making them ideal for learners of all ages and abilities.

13 Easy Ways to Celebrate a Kind Winter Holiday in Your Classroom

Get a head start on the winter holiday by bringing some animal-friendly cheer to your class!

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Cognitive Dissonance and How We Treat Animals (Grades 6-12)

Why do some people claim to love animals but also eat them? Explore this and other examples of cognitive dissonance with your class.

5 Awesome Art Projects to Help Animals!

Inspire students to get creative and take action for animals with these five art project ideas.

Debate Kit: Is It Ethical to Eat Animals?

Eating animals is cruel, unsustainable, and unethical. Have students use this kit to prepare an argument stating how we can help animals by making the switch to vegan eating.

Study Skeletons This Halloween With TeachKind’s Comparative Anatomy Lesson

A comparative study of human and nonhuman skeletal structures reinforces the fact that we’re alike in all the ways that matter most.

Top 6 Lesson Plans for National Bullying Prevention Month

As mental-health and law-enforcement experts well know, people who demonstrate a blatant lack of empathy by committing violent acts toward animals often go on to harm humans as well.

Plant Seeds of Kindness in Your Students This Spring

Check out these fresh and fun activities to celebrate the season.

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Debate Kit: Should All Companion Animals Be Spayed and Neutered?

Spaying and neutering companion animals is vital to ending the animal-overpopulation crisis. Students can use this kit to prepare an argument stating that sterilizing companion animals should be mandatory.

This DIY ‘Empathy Ball’ Game Will Be a New Favorite Classroom Icebreaker

Get your students to bond and start thinking about empathy toward animals and each other with this fun activity.

Celebrate Earth Day by Saving Animals!

Teach students about the environmental impact of animal agriculture and ways they can work to save the planet and animals with this lesson plan.

Debate Kit: Should Animals Be Used in Experiments?

Animal testing is ineffective, unethical, and wasteful. Have students use this kit to prepare an argument stating why animals shouldn’t be used for experimentation.

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13 Kind Classroom Ideas for Halloween That Compassionate Teachers Will Love

From teaching Halloween-themed lessons to dressing in costumes and handing out vegan treats, there are many ways to speak up for animals at school this time of year.

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Language Learning Through Humane Education (ESL)

A child’s affinity for animals transcends language

National Poetry Month Activities: A Literary Celebration for Animals

Poetry can inspire deep emotional responses in students. Teach them to use this genre to express their compassion and to discover and develop their voice for animals.

Black History Month Activities: Celebrate Civil Rights Leaders Who’ve Stood Up for Humans AND Other Animals

Many civil rights proponents have extended their compassion to animals. Teach your students about the connection they made between struggles.

Debate Kit: Is Animal Agriculture Harmful to the Environment?

Animal agriculture is cruel, unsustainable, and bad for the environment. Have students use this kit to prepare an argument stating how we can help heal our planet by choosing vegan foods.

We Are All Animals: Comparative Anatomy With a Compassionate Twist

Teaching comparative anatomy? Use this video and other resources to remind students that we’re all animals and the same in all the ways that matter!

Activities: Women in Leadership and Animal Rights

Meet the woman behind PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, and explore the intersection between women’s rights and animal rights with our free lessons.

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What Winter Is Like When You’re a Chained Dog

Teach students how hard life can be for chained dogs—and show them how they can make a difference for dogs everywhere.

SeaWorld Kills: Imprisonment in Amusement Parks (Grades 6–12)

Captivity hurts orcas! Introduce students to the hidden lives of orcas used for entertainment.

Iditarod—The Cruelest Race

Use this documentary to introduce your students to the hidden lives of dogs exploited by the dog-sledding industry.

De oveja a suéter—El verdadero precio de la lana

¡Vestir lana lastima a las ovejas! Enséñales a tus alumnos las vidas ocultas de las ovejas usadas para producir lana.

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FREE Webinar: Key Element of a Humane Lesson—Help Animals

Create lessons that merge academic skills with compassion—a win-win situation for all.

Debate Kit: Should Marine Mammals Be Held in Amusement Parks?

This kit is an essential tool for helping your students speak up for animal rights, counter opposing viewpoints, and excel in a debate.

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Mother’s Day Activities: Let’s Celebrate Animal Moms, Too

There’s nothing quite like a mother’s love. Teach your students how animals cherish their babies.

From Sheep to Sweater—the True Cost of Wool (Grades 6–12, English and Spanish)

Wearing wool means hurting sheep! Introduce students to the hidden lives of sheep who are used for wool.

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Humane Science Lessons for Teachers

Meeting curricular goals without harming animals is a win-win situation for students, teachers and schools. Long gone are the days of dissecting formaldehyde-laden animals and stuffing live fish into 2-liter bottles. Because our knowledge of animal sentience has evolved, science educators are increasingly rejecting those lessons in cruelty. Rather than defaulting to archaic animal experiments … Read more »

100th Day of School Activities That Can Help Animals Everywhere

100 days of school = 100 chances to bring humane education to your classroom. 🙂

Help Free Louie the Chimpanzee

No one deserves a life of isolation and deprivation. Your students can make 2016 a year of freedom for chimpanzees in captivity!

How Littering Hurts Animals

No lesson on the proper disposal of waste and recycling would be complete without examining how our trash can hurt animals—and how to prevent harming them.

Learning Compassion From Martin Luther King Jr.

Use Dr. King’s inspirational quotations about social justice to introduce students to civil rights and animal rights and ways they can take action.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Animal rights and human rights are inextricably linked. For this lesson, use Dr. King’s words to inspire your students to speak up for all beings.

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Activities and Essays for Elementary and Middle School Students

Here are some easy ways to get your students thinking about animal rights.

Conflict Resolution

Teaching compassion is key to building a more peaceful and kind society. Use this worksheet to help your students embrace differences and respect others.

Humane Science Projects

Animals are not science projects, and there are better ways to learn about our world! Check out these humane project ideas that your students will love.

Making Kind Choices: Animal Testing

When it comes to buying household products and cosmetics, we all have the choice to say no to cruelty! Empower your students with this lesson on animal testing.

‘Their Future in Your Hands’ (Video)

Introduce students to the animal rights movement with this moving, informative, and empowering video!

How Your School Can Help Chained Dogs

TeachKind’s “Change for Chained Dogs” pack makes fundraising for animals easy!

Where Do Eggs Come From? (Grades 6–12)

Where do eggs in grocery stores REALLY come from? Get students thinking critically about egg production and the lives of chickens!

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