Curriculum & Resources

Tools for your classroom

Words That Inspire: Life After Worry
by Akaya Winwood
The state of the world gives us plenty to worry about. What would happen if we made a decision to no longer worry? Read Akaya Windwood's wise commentary on replacing worry with trust, and check out the classroom activity, too.
YES! Recommends: Heifer International
by Jing Fong
Heifer International is renowned for giving animals as a sustainable source of food and income to those in need—changing lives forever. Its resources educate and energize people of all ages, empowering them to help others and build a better world.
You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer
by Jing Fong
Street artist JR brings art to improbable places, creating projects that force us to really see each other.
YES! Recommends: Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots
by Jing Fong
Roots & Shoots animal community service-learning curriculum offers lessons plans, sample campaigns, and resources for K-12 teachers. Access free, downloadable classrooms tools including lessons on hope, endangered species, and multiple intelligences.
Visual Learning: Out of the Blue
by Callie Recknagel
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about where their water comes from, and the effectiveness (or not) of public demonstrations.
Poetry and Humane Education
by Jing Fong has poems galore for the poetry lover and tips to coax the reluctant teen to try a poem or two. TeachKind's free resources teach students how to respect and co-exist with animals in their communities.
Words That Inspire: The Wild Geese
by Jing Fong
Wendell Berry's poem, "Wild Geese" paints a colorful image of Earth's bounty, inspiring the beloved poet and farmer to be thankful that all we need is around us. Do your students second that notion?
YES! Poster: Jane Goodall’s 10 Best Things We Can Do For Animals
by Jane Goodall
YES! asked Jane Goodall to tell us what we can do in our everyday lives to care for the animals we love.
Waiting (or Not) for Superman
by Jing Fong
The documentary “Waiting for Superman” has stirred up conversation and debate about one of our nation’s biggest concerns—the state of public education. A follow-up campaign is under way to fix education. NOT Waiting for Superman, initiated by Rethinking Schools, says the film got the message all wrong.
Words That Inspire: It Couldn’t Be Done
by Jing Fong
There are few things that motivate young people more than to be told that something can’t be done. High school student Ashe Jaafaru reads "It Couldn't Be Done", a poem by Edgar Albert Guest.
Who Participated in No Impact Week? Meet the Students!
by Jing Fong
Meet six students who started the New Year tracking their trash, taking record-breaking showers, battling the bus system, and learning that green is the color for all seasons.
YES! Recommends: Centre for Child Honouring, and Voices Education Project
by Jing Fong
If we made children our top priority, would we create a better world? The Centre for Child Honouring and Voices [Education Project] are helping create peaceful, sustainable societies.
Visual Learning: Paper Cranes for Peace
by Callie Recknagel
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about peace.
Engaging Student Families, Adoption in the Classroom
by Jing Fong
Inclusion is one of the best ways to nurture student learners. These two resources offer tips on engaging student families and a positive approach to talking about adoption.
YES! Recommends: Tell Me Your Stories
by Jing Fong
Tell Me Your Stories connects young and older people through oral history interviews. Curriculum, interview templates, and other tools guide students through the interview process.