Classroom Presentation Guide

 *Respect and stewardship of wild animals and the environment for K-2nd grade:
 
Our Wild Neighbors – A felt board activity that introduces young children to the challenges of living harmoniously with wild animals in the city.
 
*Compassion and responsibility for K-2nd grade:
 
Pet Care 101 – Students are read a short story about a shelter dog and are then asked to share what they think an animal’s needs are. These “needs” are placed on a felt board for visual impact and then we discuss how these needs compare to the needs of humans. 
 
Play it Safe – Discusses dog behavior and how to avoid situations that may result in a dog bite. A dog will be brought to the classroom so we can do some safe introductions (for Pre-K- 8th)
 
*Compassion and Responsibility for 3rd-5th grade:
 
Play it Safe – Discusses dog behavior and how to avoid situations that may result in a dog bite. A dog will be brought to the classroom so we can do some safe introductions. (for Pre-K- 8th)
 
Barnyard Gossip – This exercise encourages students to take a closer look at what they think they know about farm animals and discover some fascinating truths. 
 
Share Our World (2 classroom visits) – The first visit involves a short video, a sound guessing game and a few written activities to explore the amazing world of animals and the feelings they share with humans. The second visit explores the idea of the Golden Rule and how it applies to all living beings. Students will see a short video and then be asked to evaluate some animal situations and pictures using the Golden Rule.
 
*Respect and stewardship of wild animals and the environment for 3rd-5th grade:
 
NEW!!!  — Tactful Tide-Pooling – Discusses common marine invertebrates found along the coast of Santa Cruz and how to safely interact with these animals. The presentation also explores the potential hazards to beachcombers and provides tips on how to keep oneself safe while visiting the ocean. Lastly, we will discuss ocean pollution and how we all can make better choices to improve the health of the ocean and the creatures that live there. 
 
Ocean Kin – Focuses on the marine mammals of the Monterey Bay and how we can live harmoniously with them and respect their habitat.
 
Share Our World (2 classroom visits) – The first visit involves a short video, a sound guessing game and a few written activities to explore the amazing world of animals and the feelings they share with humans. The second visit explores the idea of the Golden Rule and how it applies to all living beings. Students will see a short video and then be asked to evaluate some animal situations and pictures using the Golden Rule.
 
*Respect and stewardship of all animals and the environment for 6th through 12 grade:
 
Animal Issues – Explores the many different hidden interactions we have with animals in our society. Students will be asked to consider their opinions on such topics as the use of animals for food, clothing, science, and entertainment.
 
Careers with Animals – Discusses the different job opportunities working with or for animals. Gives information about education and requirements, as well as salary expectations.
 
Pet Care Advanced – Students will recognize that animals of various species and breeds have distinctive needs and will learn to evaluate how lifestyles, homes, income and other factors should match the needs of a particular animal when choosing a pet.  Students will work in small groups for this lesson.