Teacher Resources and Ideas
Help Homeless Animals
- Organize a donation drive for items from our wish list.
- Organize a coin drive, penny war, bake sale, or other project to benefit DCHS.
- Allow students to bring a stuffed animal to school if they donate to DCHS.
- Have a cutest pet contest where kids vote with their change and donate the proceeds to DCHS.
- Collect aluminum cans and donate them to DCHS.
Come and see first hand what the humane society has to offer! Learn a little history, witness the staff and volunteers in action, and see the available animals. Groups will also learn about specific animals and their care while handling the classroom animals. All presentations help participants build a better understanding between humans and animals.
Let Dane County Humane Society come to you! A member of our Development Department will come and visit your school or organization at your request. We will teach you a little bit about DCHS, and present a lesson of your choice. We can also bring one or two of our education animals to your school or organization for a visit! The information in each lesson plan is designed for the appropriate age range.
Presentation topics include:
- Animal Abuse
- Animal Adaptations
- Animal Careers
- Animal Behavior and Communication
- Animal Safety
- Pet Overpopulation
- Pet Responsibility and Care
- Customized Presentations
KIND News is an award-winning classroom newspaper that teaches children the value of kindness toward one another, animals, and the environment. It includes lessons in all major K-6 subject areas and is aligned with Natonal Education Standards. KIND News is published in three editions for different reading levels: Primary (grades K-2), Junior (grades 3-4), and Senior (grades 5-6). Ask the Shelter Educator to see her sample copies! For more information, visit www.humanesociety.org/youth
Classroom Critters in Schools
Are you interested in a pet for your classroom? DCHS can help you with the process. Having a pet in your classroom teaches students many humane ethics such as empathy and respect for animals. Classroom critters also teach students responsibility and how to care for animals.
But before you bring a pet to your classroom there are a few things to consider.
- What is the purpose of this animal?
- What is the age and maturity level of your students?
- Could they handle and care for an animal?
- Is your class size and setup appropriate for an animal?
- Do any students have allergies or a fear of animals?
Before adopting an animal you must determine its diet, behavior, habitat, social needs, etc. You are also going to have to determine the yearly cost of owning the pet, including food, toys, treats, vet bills, housing, and cleaning supplies. Who will care for this animal on the weekends and holidays?
Students AND parents must be involved in this animals well-being. Remember that this animal requires a full time commitment! Please determine ahead of time how you will integrate this critter into your daily curriculum and routine. Before getting a classroom pet you must also seek approval from parents and your principal or district representative.