Syrah, the Humane Education dog, and I are eagerly waiting to be invited to your classroom. As a seasoned teacher, focusing in the sciences, I am happy to accommodate to the needs of your students and the unit you are teaching. Following is a list of the FREE presentations offered this year:
Pet Care & Responsibility–(All Grade Levels) Students will learn the needs of pets and how they match their own needs. They will learn how to say, “Hi” to a dog. This presentation is interactive and includes supporting material for pre and post activities. Students will receive hands-on experience with a very well trained dog that loves children.
"The link between violence to people and violence to animals is well documented. Violence to animals is a predictor that the abuser may become violent to people and vice versa."
*NEW*Be Cool, Not Cruel–(K–8th) This unit focuses on empathy, kindness, and compassion towards all animals, including humans. Using animal stories as examples, students will engage in age-appropriate interactive activities where they learn the signs of bullying, and most importantly learn tools to help combat this negative behavior. The link between violence to people and violence to animals is well documented. Violence to animals is a predictor that the abuser may become violent to people and vice versa.
Living with Wildlife–(2nd–6th) From birds in our feeders to coyotes, squirrels, and opossums in our yards, wildlife is all around us. In this presentation, students will learn about how to live safely and responsibly alongside wildlife. Students will understand how wild animals can become endangered through human interactions. Students will participate in games and other activities to reinforce these concepts. Most importantly, they will learn how their actions can help protect wild animals.
Five Senses–(3rd-12th) This presentation focuses on the five senses of cats, dogs, and humans. Students will learn the biological reasons as to how our beloved pet’s senses differ from our own. They will understand that our pet’s ancestors had different needs from our pets today but still carry some these genetic traits. Students will understand how genetics slowly change though time.
Humane Society of Ventura County–(2nd-12th) Students will learn about the Humane Society of Ventura County and the important job it does to be advocates for animals. Students will learn about many different kinds of jobs where they can work with and help animals including volunteering.
Presentations are between 30-60 minutes depending on grade. When booking a presentation, please email me with the presentation you are interested in, your school’s schedule for recess and lunch, and the teacher’s name, school, grade, and class size. Please consider asking coworkers if they’d like to have a presentation too. Three to four classes at one school on the same day, are ideal.
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Syrah, the Humane Society dog, and I love visiting the classes. She wows the students with her intelligence, plus she loves showing off all her tricks. She comes with me when presenting, “Pet Care and Responsibility.” These presentations are still the top choice for teachers. Students love learning how our pets have similar needs to our own.
Living with Wildlife, a new presentation this year is increasing in popularity. When living in an urban community, it is important for students to learn that we live amongst wildlife that we depend on for a stable ecosystem. Students learn and understand the importance of wildlife in our community and what we need to do to coexist with them. They also learn how they can become “citizen scientist” and what to do if they see a sick or injured wild animal.
Upper grades are enjoying presentations on animal behavior, comparing our 5 senses with dogs and cats, and careers with animals. As an experienced classroom teacher, my goal is to meet the needs of your students. All presentations include a PowerPoint presentation that I believe the students will enjoy. I also have handouts to reinforce concepts and facts that the students learn.
I would love to visit your classroom too! Please email me at email@example.com and I will send you more information.
"Students learn about nonprofit organizations, careers with animals,
pet care and responsibility, and service-learning by
collecting supplies for the Shelter."
We have designed our school programs to fulfill our mission of caring for animals by reaching the academic goals of our schools. Separate presentations may include pet care and responsibility, the difference between domesticated and wild animals, kindness, safety, overpopulation, neglect, abuse, and cruelty or the role of shelters in our society. In addition, middle and high school programs may include animal rights, the evolution of the dog through natural and artificial selection, careers with animals, or forming a Humane Society Club.
All programs are free of charge and are tailored to varying ages, learning levels and class sizes. They are about 45 minutes long and include follow-up lesson plans, visual aids, and interaction with live animals. Here are some of the ways Humane Education themes tie into the California State Content Standards :
- shelter and adoption stories
- story sequencing
- creative and persuasive writing
- vocabulary words
- games and formulas demonstrating the multiplication/reproduction of non-sterilized cats and dogs
- telling time through scheduling the daily responsibilities of pet care
- graphs and statistics detailing the habits of pet owners
- economics and the cost of owning a pet
- needs of living things
- habitats and adaptation
- hereditary traits
- the development and relationship between the Humane Society (private, non-profit) and Ventura County Animal Regulation (government)
- legislation and enforcement of animal-related laws
- the character traits of our founders and those that continue to be advocates for animals
Tips offered for evaluating humane qualities of books
Reading about animals is a great way for children to learn about them. There are many children’s books about animals. Some of them foster humane values and some do not. Use the checklist below to distinguish between the two and help you choose the right book to incorporate into your Humane Education Program or family reading times.
- Is there cruelty towards animals in the text or visuals?
- Is the animal information correct?
- Does the book discuss the needs of animals?
- Is there respect for nature and its qualities?
- Does the book teach compassion towards animals and humans?
- Is the book about animals at all?
- Does the book show animals in an anthropomorphic way?
- Is there an acceptance of cultural differences?
- Does the book speak about environmental conservation?
- Do the visuals demonstrate appropriate behaviors around animals?
- Does the book mention issues concerning the treatment of animals in a way that discussion can occur?
Sources for information on good animal-related children’s stories
- ASPCA has a Bibliography of recommended children’s books, Kids, Animals and Literature. For ordering information write: ASPCA Humane Education, 424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804, or call (212) 876-7700.
- Each November edition, the Smithsonian magazine prints a view of children’s books. Many of these books have animals as the subject.
- Check your local newspapers. Many now have weekly columns which review children’s books.
- Animal Sheltering Magazine, Animal People and Kind Teacher often contain reviews of children’s books.
- Visit your local bookstore and spend time browsing through the children’s book section.
- Visit your local library and talk to the children’s librarian ask for recommendations.
“Old Turtle” by Donovan Wood
“Alejandro’s Gift” by Richard E. Albert
Education is a major tool the Humane Society of Ventura County uses to work towards the goal of eliminating the pet overpopulation problem and preventing animal abuse.
Here are a few kid-friendly websites: