Teachers, how would you like to join the Canine Commandos through this Service-Learning program? You can provide opportunities for your students to make a difference with shelter animals while teaching compassion, kindness, and empathy? Click on the link below to get started!
Aim Humane provides literature with humane messages such as It's Raining Pups and dogs with lesson plans and Common Core standards integrating all the subject areas.
List of class sets that may be checked out with lesson plans, click link below.
What is Service-Learning? Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities (Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse).
One-on-one attention is so good for the animals. Shelter staff loves this part of the program because the dogs are calm and quiet. Many times the dogs nod off for a nap. Reading to a dog can increase a child's self-esteem and confidence levels in reading, especially with struggling readers.
You can provide creativity through art. The picture above, Ace, the dog's photo of his face is cut in half; then the other half was drawn. The students then glue the image onto the canvas and add adjectives about the shelter dog. All artwork was donated to the shelter to brighten the walls.
Why not create an original skit? These four girls performed at our year-end Expo about the plight of dogs labeled dangerous breeds. Quite a lesson for us all!
A great way to exhibit news articles written by the students is to make a wall display. Anything goes on the wall, such as news clippings, art, stories, much like a bulletin board. The students can add miles long!
Creating projects that reflect the shelter experiences is the most critical part of service-learning. Statistically, teacher and student discussion is the deepest kind of reflection. Have your students write books, slide presentations, videos, anything to spark emotions about their visits to the shelters.
Donors Choose can be your friend when needing "odd" materials for your lessons. One class studied DNA (Dogs' Natural Attributes) and genetics using shelter dogs' saliva, and Donors Choose awarded them $1500 worth of DNA kits through Embark. The students studied breed-specific intelligence related to training. They partnered with Embark's geneticist and veterinarian, Animal Farms Pitbull Foundation, and the National Canine Research Center. Reach out to organizations because they love to aide in your activities.
This student took many photos of shelter visits. After she created the dog using paper mache, she glued all the images onto the dog. Cool, huh?
Painting this mural for our local shelter was a huge undertaking. The school's art teacher used a projector to outline the animals and letters. The students painted everything and, of course, safety measures with a ladder. The 60-foot mural is an awareness project about the importance of adopting.
Learning about art history eras is fun! Five areas of study from Ancient Greece to Renaissance to Modern in group studies. Students learned about the assigned art period and what defines the period, then created their individual, original art using the same media, then created chairs with animals representing the art. For example, Mona Lisa became Doga Lisa. The chairs were sold in a silent auction to raise funds supporting the Canine Commandos.
How about teaching your kids to sew? These are "adopt me" vests donated to shelters for their adoption events.
Collect or make goodies and treats for the shelter animals. One class made rice socks that are warmed in the microwave and used in surgery or for newborn kittens to lay next to for warm heat. Another school made tote bags for the teachers to carry supplies like hand sanitizer to the shelter. And yet, another school, made ropes for the dogs to chew and play tug of war. The sky's the limit!
Minecraft Education is a favorite among students. Create a shelter or rescue organization utilizing the program.
Global site for all things humane. Virginia Hamilton is an advisory board member.
Fantastic resources at APHE. Virginia Hamilton was named Teacher of the Year for their Academy of Prosocial Learning, 2019.
These activities are discovered by our Education Director, Melanie Musolino.