Lesson Plans for Teacher

These prepared lessons address a variety of humane themes for elementary, middle school, and high school students.  Lessons are aligned to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and include an instructor’s introduction and resource guide.

Elementary School Lessons

What An Animal Needs (Pet Care, Grades K-2)

Instructor Introduction   Lesson Plan   Related Handouts

The Perfect Home (Pet Care, Grades 3-5)

Instructor Introduction   Lesson Plan   Related Handouts

Staying Safe and Smart Around Dogs and Cats (Dog Bite Prevention, Grades K-5)

Instructor Introduction   Lesson Plan   Related Handouts

Learning About Wildlife (Living with Wildlife, Grades K-2)

Instructor Introduction   Lesson Plan   Related Handouts

Protecting Local Wildlife (Living with Wildlife, Grades 3-5)

Instructor Introduction   Lesson Plan   Related Handouts

Middle & High School Lessons

These lessons are ideal as presentations & guided research projects for Middle School students, or as independent research projects for High School students.

The Story Behind Factory Farming (Grades 6-12)

Curriculum strands include US History, Biology/Ecology, and Comprehensive Health.

Instructor Introduction   Lesson Plan   “Three Issues” Summary   Resource List

The Humane Education department at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm is happy to work with educators to develop lessons tailored to a particular unit, from Pit Bull Myths to Animals in Entertainment.  For more information, please contact us at (978) 687-7453 x 6108.

Ethical Dilemma Stories

This collection includes seventeen stories that each introduce a different ethical dilemma and appropriate humane solutions.  Educators can teach these stories individually or together.  Ideal for students in grades 6 and up.

Welcome Caring and Compassionate Young People! (an introduction)

Teacher’s Pet: Having Animals in the Classroom

Get Your Paws off of My Claws: Humane Alternatives to Declawing Cats

Run for Your Life! : The Brutality of Dog Racetracks

Flying Free: Thinking about Our Winged Friends

Crowded Crustaceans: Respecting Animals Used for Food

Safe & Sound: Keeping Cats Happy & Content Indoors

Floppy Ears & Wagging Tails: Questioning Unnatural Breed Standards

Learning Another Way: Thinking about Dissection

A Commitment to Care: Thinking Through the Decision to Adopt a Horse

Happy Hatchlings: Using Living Creatures as Specimens

Opt to Adopt: Considering Your Local Pet Adoption Center

Judging Each Dog Fairly: Exploring Breed-Specific Laws

Not Your Average Pets: The Special Care of Exotic Animals

Hungry & Homeless: Feral Cats Living on Their Own in the Wild

Abusing Animals is Not a Sport: The Cruelty of Animal Fighting

Paying the Ultimate Price: The Inhumanity of Using Animals for Furs

Lunch Time! : Being Mindful of the Origins of Our Food

If you are interested in purchasing a professionally printed and bound book of these stories with original color drawings, please contact the Education Coordinator at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm at (978) 687-7453 x 6108.  Books are available for $10 each.