Download Humane Education Resources

Our free humane education teaching guides offer a wealth of lesson plans and activities that help K-12 students learn to be caring and compassionate toward people, animals, and our planet. Each guide contains lessons and activities with all student materials included and ready to use. Many of our lessons are also available on Nearpod as digital interactive lessons.

Kindness for All 

Humane Education Resources: Kindness
This seven-lesson curriculum, designed for three-to-five-year-olds, aims to inspire children to act with kindness toward all living beings and the natural world. The lessons are multimodal and engage children in learning through fun, interactive, thoughtful content that encourages them to think about their attitudes and behaviors toward animals, people, and the natural world.

The development of this guide was made possible through a collaboration between HEART, Social Compassion, and Volunteers of America Los Angeles. By implementing this curriculum, you will be playing a vital role in young children’s lives, helping them to value kindness while you nurture it within them—which ultimately leads toward the creation of a more compassionate, equitable, and restored world for all.

Justice for All

HEART and the Peace Learning Center partnered to create these resource guides to help educate youth for social responsibility. Humane education addresses social justice, animal protection, environmental ethics, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place.

Humane Education Resources: Social Justice

Elementary Guide

The elementary-level guide contains lessons for students in grades K-5. All lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards and ISTE technology integration standards. View the Table of Contents.
Humane Education Resources: Social Justice

Secondary Guide

This guide has been aligned with Common Core, NGSS, and ISTE standards for grades 6-8. The lessons can also be easily modified for high school students.  View the Table of Contents

Humane Education Resource Guide

Humane Education Resources: Animal Protection
This animal-themed resource guide contains 40 lessons and activities for students in grades K-12. Aligned with Common Core standards. Easily used in the classroom as well as informal venues like community centers, libraries, or camps. View the Table of Contents.

We all know that children love animals. Teaching them about animal issues and can be a great way to develop more caring and compassionate students.  It can help prevent animal cruelty and violence against people. That’s why HEART, in collaboration with the ASPCA and IFAW, created this holistic humane education resource guide. The lessons and activities cover issues like companion animal overpopulation, urban wildlife, endangered species, animal emotions, factory farming, and animal testing.