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Five Reasons for AnimalTales

AnimalTales is a free book lending program (grades K-6) that encourages students to become more compassionate and develop a greater respect for all living things. This program was started in 2010 and is continually being updated with new books and materials! The feedback we get from teachers is overwhelmingly positive; in fact, many teachers use AnimalTales every year. If you have never used AnimalTales before or if it has been a while since you have, here are five reasons why you should consider bringing AnimalTales into your classroom today!

1.Simple to order

Getting AnimalTales in your classroom couldn’t be easier! Fill out the online request form and upon confirmation that the information is accurate, your AnimalTales package will be scheduled to be sent out. You can request AnimalTales to arrive in two weeks or you can schedule it months in advance. Every class who participates in the AnimalTales program will be added to our Kindness Map and will receive a class set of bookmarks!

2. Ready to use

AnimalTales is ready to use as soon as you get it! The package includes a teacher’s guide that has pre-reading activities, discussion questions, and post reading activities for each of the four books. Post reading activities include activity sheets, group activities, Smartboard activities, videos, podcasts and more! We recommend having a look at the online resources prior to receiving the package, to give you a better idea of what is available, and to make the most of your time when you have the material.

3. Connected to the curriculum

One of the most important reasons why AnimalTales is so great is that it’s completely connected to the Alberta Program of Studies. The activities we’ve developed align with the curriculum, and cover multiple subject areas. You can use AnimalTales in your classroom with full confidence that learner outcomes are being addressed. You can find the curriculum connections for each of the four books in the Teacher’s Guide or online.

4. Promotes empathy and compassion

Literature can help students deal with issues or problems they will inevitably encounter as they mature and grow. The AnimalTales program consists of picture books that deal with a powerful message or theme – from the importance of being kind to all living things and peer pressure, to pet loss and bullying. Through sharing and discussing stories and having meaningful reflection, we nurture the development of compassion and empathy in a safe environment.

5. FREE!

There is absolutely no cost to you or your school – we cover the cost of postage both ways!

Are you interested? Request AnimalTales today!

November is family violence prevention month

Deliberate abuse of a pet is a form of family violence and identification and intervention leads to protecting both people and animals. There is a plethora of research that shows a definitive link between animal abuse and other forms of violence. Young people who witness or commit acts of cruelty to animals may disclose these…Continue Reading

Responding to Disaster: The Fort McMurray Fire

A disaster can happen when we least expect it. But when people step up, get involved and work together, difficult situations can be overcome and the Fort McMurray fire is a great example of this. From the start, the fires moved quickly, intensely and unpredictably. People were forced to evacuate with little warning – this…Continue Reading

Announcing the 2015 Humane Awards Recipients!

The Alberta SPCA’s Humane Awards recognize Alberta teachers and students who inspire others to show compassion for animals, people and the environment through example and leadership. We are pleased to announce this year’s Humane Award Recipients! For incorporating humane education principles that foster empathy and respect for all living, the 2015 Humane Teacher Award recipient…Continue Reading

Three ways to Inspire Ethical Citizenship

In Alberta’s Ministerial Order on student learning the government identified fundamental learning goals for students to ensure a prosperous and positive future for Alberta. We must aim to inspire all students to reach their full potential through the three Es’: “engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.” The second of the e’s –…Continue Reading

Marks of Kindness

Students and teachers across the province have done some wonderful things to make a difference for animals, people and the environment! This short video highlights just some of the things they were up to this past school year. Enjoy! For more examples of students making a difference, visit our Kindness Map!Continue Reading

“It Was Just a Pet” – Helping students deal with pet loss

“Tomorrow will be my first day ever without him. I’m going to miss Jasper so, so much… Today was the hardest day of my life.” Marjorie Blain Parker, Jasper’s Day Pets can enrich the lives of children – they are playmates, friends and sources of unconditional love. They teach responsibility, compassion and caring for another living…Continue Reading

Empathy – Do we need to teach it?

In Alberta’s most recent ministerial order on student learning, the government identified fundamental learning goals for students to ensure a prosperous and positive future for our province. We need to aim to “inspire all students to achieve success and fulfillment” and to reach their full potential by being “engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an…Continue Reading

Ugly Human or Humane Hero?

There was a popular novel in the 1960s called The Ugly American, about U.S. expatriates in south-east Asia. The title phrase has come to be interpreted as representing ignorant attitudes sometimes displayed by rich westerners when they travel to poorer countries in the south – those who don’t bother to learn the customs or language…Continue Reading

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