Humane Education Presentations

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a number of different Humane Education programs for audiences of all ages, each serving our mission of creating a community of caring.

Continue reading for a complete list of all of the programs that we offer, as well as the suggested age range for each one. Note that any presentation can be given for groups outside the suggested age range; for instance, utility and delivery companies have had the Society teach Safety Around Animals to their staff. We recognize that some presentations may appeal to people even if they fall outside of the suggested age range.

Age Range
PreK – 2nd Grade

Suggested Programs
Paws with a Cause
This interactive program teaches children about all different kinds of service animals – from dogs to pigs to miniature horses!  Coupling visual and auditory teaching methods, as well as playing a game based on the popular children’s show, Blues Clues, children are sure to have fun while also learning about the importance of service animals.

If I Could Talk
Based on the popular PBS show Martha Speaks, this interactive presentation tells the story of Marsha, Martha’s long lost twin sister, who has not been adopted yet and sits in the shelter awaiting her forever home (and the opportunity to eat her alphabet soup). The children will participate in a game entitled “If I Could Talk” and answer questions about pet care and animal body language. For each correct answer, Marsha moves closer to her forever home on a virtual game board.

Pet Care
Through a fun and engaging presentation, Humane Educators talk about the needs of pets. This is a great lesson for early learners, because pets and people have the same basic needs, and we all learn through play! Caring for pets is a great way for families to teach young children about honoring commitments and responsibilities.  Pet Care can be paired with the Safety Around Animals presentation.

Safety Around Animals
Because of their small stature and love of hugs, children are at the greatest risk for serious bite injuries from animals. Students will learn about how to be safe around animals, including how to pet a dog for the first time and how to act around stray dogs they may come across in their neighborhoods. This program utilizes a number of different teaching tools, depending on the size of the group, student ages, presentation location, and availability. This valuable lesson  can be reinforced using a puppet, an animatronic cat, a “grab bag” of pet-related items, a video, and occasionally even live dogs (please make a note in the ‘Comments’ section of your booking request form if you would like to try to have a live dog come to an off-site program). Safety Around Animals can be paired with the Pet Care presentation.

King of the Mountain (Game)
School groups will be quizzed on their knowledge of proper pet care while playing this fun and interactive game. In their quest to help the “Billy Goat Hero” climb the mountain and capture the “Troll King’s” treasure, the students will answer a series of riddles about pets and pet care. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations.

Age Range
3rd & 4th Grade

Suggested Programs
Facts of Five (Game)
Two teams of students will “race” against one another to answer questions about animals and pet care. Each question asks the teams to name five possible answers, and if one team is successful in doing so, they will advance. This game does not require a computer or multimedia device.

Junior Jeopardy (Game)
Based on the hit TV game show hosted by Alex Trebek, two teams of students will move across the board answering questions about animals that are split into five different categories. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins. This game can be played using PowerPoint or without a multimedia device. Junior Jeopardy questions are simplified from the regular version of the game.

A New Friend for Life (Video and Presentation)
Students are shown an informative film about the responsibilities that all pet owners share and the importance of proper pet care; this is followed  by a question and answer session with one of the Society’s Humane Education Specialists. Classrooms requesting this presentation must have A/V equipment available.

Age Range
5th & 6th Grade

Suggested Programs
Paw & Order: Furry Victims Unit
This presentation focuses on scientific investigation and problem solving skills, while fostering compassion and encouraging youth to advocate for animals in their communities. Students are walked through an animal cruelty investigation (based on the work done by the Society’s Humane Investigators). This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations.

Facts of Five (Game)
This is the same game as the one offered for 3rd and 4th graders, but with more advanced questions.

Pet Jeopardy (Game)
Based on the hit TV game show hosted by Alex Trebek, two teams of students will move across the board answering questions about animals that are split into five different categories. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins. This game can be played using PowerPoint or without a multimedia device.

Making a Difference (Video and Presentation)
Students will watch an informative film about the history of The Anti-Cruelty Society and humane societies in general, while also learning about the important role that animal shelters play in their communities. This is followed by a question and answer session with one of the Society’s Humane Education Specialists. Classrooms requesting this presentation must have A/V equipment available.

The Pact
Groups will watch a multimedia presentation that uses narrative and storytelling to explore the relationship between humans and animals. At the end, the students will put on their own unique “play” using costumes and sound effects. This program is only available for groups taking a field trip to The Anti-Cruelty Society.

Age Range
7th & 8th Grade

Suggested Programs
All of the programs for 5th and 6th graders, as well as:

The Link
Students will observe a multimedia presentation that introduces them to the researched and documented connection between animal abuse and human-directed violence, as well as the ramifications that mistreating animals can have on the community as a whole. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations.

Protecting the Web
Students will observe a multimedia presentation that introduces them to the ways in which humans share their environment with both pets and wild animals, and the responsibilities that we all have to maintain the integrity of that environment for everyone. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations.

Animal Careers
This presentation will go into detail about a number of different jobs and career paths that involve directly working with animals on a daily basis. Careers covered in this program include veterinarians and vet techs, dog trainers, animal control officers, animal shelter staff, K-9 Unit police officers, dog groomers, and more. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations.

Pet Overpopulation
Learn about the history of domesticated cats and dogs, the concept and causes of animal overpopulation, and the problems that a community faces when it has more domesticated animals than it can care for. The presentation will also cover the responsibilities that all pet owners undertake and the importance of spaying and neutering. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations.

Age Range
8th Grade – Adult

Suggested Programs
All of the programs listed above for 5th through 8th graders can be tailored to meet the needs of high school students and adults.

One Last Fight: Anti-Dog Fighting (Video and Presentation)
This program is focused on an anti-dog fighting message. Dog fighting is still a very serious issue in Chicago. Students will watch the informative film “One Last Fight” about the dog fighting culture, followed by a question and answer session with a Humane Education Specialist. This presentation works best for groups taking field trips to The Anti-Cruelty Society or in classrooms that have the technology to display multimedia presentations.

 

For (almost) all of these presentations, a Humane Education Specialist can come to you, or your group can make it a field trip to our facility and combine it with a behind-the-scenes tour that includes a visit to the cats and dogs in our adoption center. To schedule a presentation, contact our Community Programs Coordinator by phone at (312) 644-8338, ext. 344, or by emailing education@anticruelty.org.

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