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Humane Education Teaching Resources

During these challenging times, HEART resources are easily adapted for use by teachers and parents to enrich remote learning and home schooling. 

The high-quality lessons and activities below can offer some much-needed social-emotional support to your Pre-K to 12 students, promoting mindfulness, self-calming techniques, empathy, and connection with all living beings. 

In particular, we know that animals have the unique power to open children’s hearts and serve as a source of comfort in difficult circumstances. 


Check out our special collection of free activities to nurture compassion and calm while learning at home during the coronavirus outbreak.  

Free Teaching Guides 

Lessons and Activities for Pre-K to 12 Students

Our free humane education resource guides provide everything you need to teach students ages 3-18 to be caring and compassionate toward animals, people, and our planet, while meeting academic standards.  

  • More than 200 lessons, student activities, and reproducible worksheets
  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards, include STEM connections, and address ISTE (International Standards of Technology and Engineering) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  •  Blend easily into several different subject areas to enhance the content you already teach
Humane Education Resource Guide

Humane Ed Guide

Grades K to 12

This animal-themed humane education resource guide, created in collaboration with the ASPCA and IFAW, contains 40 lessons and activities for students in grades K-12. They can be easily integrated into the classroom curriculum, as well as informal education programs in communities, libraries and summer camps.  

Kindness for All Humane Education Guide

Kindness for All

Grades Pre-K to 2

This seven-lesson curriculum for three-to-five-year-olds aims to inspire children to act with kindness toward all living beings and the natural world.  Developed in partnership with Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA) and Social Compassion, the curriculum was piloted by 100 Head Start teachers in California.

Justice for All Guides

 Justice for All

Elementary & Secondary Guides

Created in partnership with the Peace Learning Center, these teaching resources help educate youth for social responsibility. With nearly 50 thematic lessons and activities, these resources help students learn crucial information, think critically, and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world.

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Everyday Circles

Everyday Circles Cards

If you’ve wanted to incorporate restorative practices, anti-bias education, social and emotional learning, as well as meaningful content on pressing world issues, but didn’t know where to start – we created this set for you.

The Everyday Circles toolkit was created by the Transformational Learning Alliance, a partnership of HEART, Tribes Learning Communities, and Peace Learning Center.

  • Parents learn the valuable SEL Competencies of self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, social awareness, and responsible decision-making. Easy, quick, and fun…with almost no prep work from you! 
  • Tried-and-true activities that help transform learners and communities. Toolkit

TeachClimate Toolkit

Teach Climate features an easy-to-use search function that provides dozens of resources connected to numerous subject areas such as science, social studies, art, and others.

HEART and Earth Charter Indiana have curated a list of high-quality, user-friendly lessons, units, activities, videos, and more to assist educators and parents.  

  • This climate literacy toolkit is especially designed for K-12 teachers.
  • The search function enables users to search by category of education (school or home learning), age group, and lesson duration.
  • To pull up your resource list, just click the grade you teach and the amount of time you have available for your lesson or activity. 

Interactive Resources

Nearpod Classroom Tools

Nearpod Digital Classroom Tools

HEART has teamed up with Nearpod to provide digital classroom tools that enable teachers to engage students with standards-aligned, interactive lessons.  HEART's Nearpod units feature a variety of animal protection, social justice, and environmental conservation themes. 

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~30,000 students a year access HEART's lessons for Nearpod.

Seesaw Activity Library

Seesaw Activity Library

Deepen student engagement through HEART activities on the Seesaw learning platform, which allows students to demonstrate and share their learning in a variety of creative ways, including typing, drawing, voice recording, using video tools, and providing feedback to their peers.

>50% of U.S. schools and 150 countries use the Seesaw platform.

Humane Education Game for Kids

Educational Game

Send kids on a hunt for clues to build their case by exploring different places,  gathering information, overcoming obstacles, and learning about important issues related to puppy mills and caring for their animal companions. Download game teaching resources to extend learning! 

100% of reviewers rated the game as excellent or good.


Humane Education Webinars

HEART’s free webinars cover a variety of important humane education topics for both traditional and non-traditional educators, parents/guardians, and concerned citizens. Our webinar archive allows you to access these professional development resources at your own convenience.


Humane Education Videos

Something we’ve learned in our many years of teaching is that seeing really is believing. Having good educational videos to accompany lessons helps all different kinds of learners to process complex information. HEART’s educational videos are offered to the public to use at no cost.

Book Lists

Humane Education Books

Find humane books for students of all ages that tackle human rights, animal protection, and environmental ethics issues. By introducing students to humane literature, we can broaden their horizons and encourage them to become more humane in their own lives. 

What educators are saying about HEART resources...

“I strongly believe in this curriculum.  It is important for children to learn how to be good humans before anything else.”

- Pre-K/Head Start Teacher

“I loved the presentation and content! It provides an excellent way to develop children's empathy and help foster respect. ”

- Anonymous, Teachers Pay Teachers User

“I developed our entire humane education program around this resource.”

- Association of Professional Humane Educators, Conference Attendee

“Visually appealing as well as well written and user-friendly. Thanks!”

- Karen, Teacher

“WOW! This is a great lesson and I will be using it in my science class to talk about human impact and sustainability.”

- Melissa M., Teacher

“Would have gladly paid for this free resource. Great ideas and comprehensive!”

- Christina H., Teacher

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