Animals in Education

Resources and Materials


Humane Education Lessons and Projects

Classroom Chick-Hatching Project Alternatives

Free Online Dissection Videos and Simulations

Books and Guidelines Related to Animals in Education

Organizations with Free Lending Libraries

Massachusetts Department of Education Frameworks

"Animals in Education" Laws & Regulations (FAQ)



Humane Education Lessons and Projects:

Classroom Chick-Hatching Project Alternatives:


  • From Egg to Chicken (Lifecycles) by Dr. Gerald Legg and Carolyn Scrace
  • From Egg to Chicken (How Living Things Grow) by Anita Ganeri
  • Where Do Chicks Come From? by Amy E. Sklansky and Pam Paparone
  • Chicken and Egg (Stopwatch) by Christine Back and Jens Olesen
  • Inside the Whale and Other Animals by Ted Dewan
  • A Home for Henny by Karen Davis, PhD.
  • Egg: A Photographic Journey by Robert Burton, Jane Burton, and Kim Taylor


  • PBS Nature: American Eagle (2009)
  • YouTube: video about Marsha, a hen adopted from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in 2009, who had been surrendered as a single classroom incubator-hatched chick
  • YouTube: short video of a single chick hatching with text-only frames describing each stage
  • YouTube: 5 minute video of 4 chickens hatching with background music
  • YouTube: short video of a single chick hatching, from Sesame Street
  • YouTube: part 1 of 3 of a hen-assisted hatching

other resources:

Free Online Dissection Videos and Simulations:

Books and Guidelines Related to Animals in Education:

  • Vivisection and Dissection in the Classroom: A Guide to Conscientious Objection by Gary Francione and Anna Charlton

  • Why Dissection?: Animal Use in Education by Lynette A. Hart

  • Beyond Dissection: Innovative Tools for Biology Education produced by the Ethical Science Education Coalition

  • From Guinea Pig to Computer Mouse: Alternative Methods for a Progressive, Humane Education by Nick Jukes and Mihnea Chiuia

  • Animal Care from Protozoa to Small Mammals by F. B. Orlans, Addison-Welsy Publishing Co. (1977)
  • In the Name of Science: Issues in Responsible Animal Experimentation by F. B. Orlans, Oxford University Press (1993)
  • "Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Pre-college Education," Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources (ILAR)
  • "Guidelines for Responsible Use of Animals in the Classroom," National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Organizations with Free Lending Libraries:

of dissection alternatives and other humane education materials

Massachusetts Department of Education Frameworks:

"Animals in Education" Laws & Regulations (FAQ):


Center for Laboratory Animal Welfare (CLAW) Laws and Regulations regarding Animals in Education