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    Middle School Sanctuary Education Lesson Plan #1


    In this lesson plan, sanctuary visitors learn about the impact that modern animal agriculture has on Earth’s water sources by way of a tour of your sanctuary and some of its residents. By examining the different aspects of water usage that caring for farmed animals demands, participants in this lesson see that many of the water crises Earth is currently facing are not simply accidents or a natural progression of Earth’s evolution; they are manifestations of modern agricultural practices that harm the Earth, humans, and nonhuman animals in a multitude of ways. The ultimate goals of this lesson plan are to support program participants in fostering a compassionate and informed understanding of the immense strain modern agricultural practices place on our planet, and to empower participants to take creative action in their communities, raising awareness about this critical issue and working towards mitigating the negative effects.

    As with every educational program we create, please leave room to edit, modify, and adapt the activities, questions, and materials based on your sanctuary and audience’s specific needs. Built-in flexibility is an important aspect of effective educational design. Please also check out the introduction to our first early elementary-age lesson plan for important things to consider as you develop and implement any sanctuary education lesson plans at your sanctuary (e.g. positionalities, language use, modifications for people with disabilities, common core learning standards, and more).

    Below, you will find a form to fill out to receive this lesson plan. This lesson plan is the first part of a multi-part sanctuary education program for middle school-age children. It can be adapted and used by sanctuary educators and representatives as a standalone lesson or ideally, as part of a long-term program with the second, third, and fourth forthcoming middle school sanctuary education lesson plans. Please stay tuned for more!

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    Communicating with Youth About Animal Exploitation | The Open Sanctuary Project

    Early Elementary-Age Sanctuary Education Lesson Plan #1 | The Open Sanctuary Project

    Fostering Critical Thinking at Your Animal Sanctuary | The Open Sanctuary Project

    Fostering Empathy at Your Animal Sanctuary | The Open Sanctuary Project

    The Environment and Modern Agriculture | The Educated Choices Program

    Cesspools of Shame: How Factory Farm Lagoons and Sprayfields Threaten Environmental and Public Health | Robin Marks (Non-Compassionate Source)

    Understanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Their Impact on Communities | Carrie Hribar (Non-Compassionate Source)

    Water in Swine Nutrition | Kansas State University (Non-Compassionate Source)

    Watering Tips for Swine | The University of Maine Cooperative Extension (Non-Compassionate Source)

    Nutritional Requirements of Sheep | Merck Veterinary Manual (Non-Compassionate Source)

    Nutrition of Goats | Merck Veterinary Manual (Non-Compassionate Source)

    Cool, Clear Water | Thomas Lenz, DVM, M.S., DACT (Non-Compassionate Source)

    Daily Water Consumption of Turkeys Raised in Utah | Utah State University Cooperative Extension (Non-Compassionate Source)

    How Should I Keep and Care for My Pet Ducks | RSPCA (Non-Compassionate Source)

    Nutrition of Rabbits | Merck Veterinary Manual (Non-Compassionate Source)

    Water Footprint of Food Guide | Water Footprint Calculator

    Product Gallery | Water Footprint Network

    This is How Much Water it Takes to Make Your Favorite Foods | HuffPost

    What Can Students Learn by Writing to Politicians | MiddleWeb

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