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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!

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

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

Humane Heroes – Past, Present and Future

We’ve all heard of humane heroes – people who have made a huge difference in the lives of animals, people and the environment; Jane Goodall, Temple Grandin, and Grant MacEwan are just a few examples. These individuals have made the world a better place and are a huge inspiration to many. Although we’re aware of…Continue Reading

Reflecting Back and Looking Ahead

Many things about teaching – about our whole society in fact – have changed over the past 15 years since I joined the Alberta SPCA. When I started here in 1999 a large part of my job involved mailing VHS tapes on loan to schools (for those too young to remember VHS, ask your parents…Continue Reading

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