HELPING TEACHERS INSPIRE COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS, PEOPLE & THE ENVIRONMENT

Animals in Advertising

Animals in Advertising A look at why animals are used as a part of effective marketing, and critical examination of the humane aspect of using animals this way. 1. Animal Appeal in Advertising Have groups of students brainstorm the different companies, products and ads that use animals in their advertising. Popular products using animals in […]

Curiosity: Grade 7+

Division 3: Grade 7+ Below are discussion questions and activities to spark curiosity in and foster compassion for animals, people, and the environment. Both the discussion questions and activities are part of the ‘Stay Curious’ character education theme for the 2019-2020 school year! To see other character building themes, click here! Discussion Questions: What does […]

Caring Community: Grade 7+

Division 3: Grades 7+ Below are discussion questions and activities to foster caring and compassion for animals, people, and the environment. Both the discussion questions and activities are part of the ‘Caring Community’ character education theme for the 2020-2021 school year! To see other character building themes, click here! Download Activity Sheet Discussion Questions: Do you […]

Building Dog Houses

Develop CTS skills while helping those in need at the same time Building dog houses for dogs in need allows students to develop basic skills related to building a structure (meeting CTS curriculum outcomes) while positively contributing to their community. These projects provide meaningful experiences that foster skills in CTS and help build and strengthen […]

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Virtual Reality (VR) provides experiential learning that can allow for exploring live human and animal systems. VR is being used by medical students to learn about human anatomy, and can provide surgeons the opportunity to virtually practice upcoming procedures.  As technology improves, there will be more cost effective ways for teachers to use […]

Human Anatomy online

These links are provided as a service for teachers looking for dissection alternatives. The Alberta SPCA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external sites. Inner BodyExplore the human body like never before! Choose any system and discover hundreds of interactive anatomy pictures and descriptions of thousands of objects in the […]

Online Dissection Simulations

These links are provided as service for teachers looking for dissection alternatives. The Alberta SPCA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external sites. Virtual Fetal Pig Dissection An online program complete with study guides to demonstrate each system and quizzes with immediate feedback. Uses close-up photos of a fetal pig […]

Student Achievement Comparisons

Student Achievement Comparisons A study that surveyed Ontario science teachers on their beliefs about animal dissection found that over half of teachers indicate that they use dissection for pedagogic reasons; that dissection helps solidify student’s knowledge, reinforces concepts and its the “best” way to learn about anatomy and physiology (Oakley, 2012). However, many studies have […]

Opting In

Opting In The debate on whether to use dissection or alternatives labs is ongoing. While many documented studies indicate that student achievement or understanding physiology concepts does not require dissection, a teacher’s right to choose the method of instruction is important. One way to deal with these issues is to adopt an “opt-in only” dissection […]

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