Connecting Schools with Animals in our Community

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The Santa Cruz SPCA is in the home stretch to make a new home our reality. But we cannot get there without the help of our community. I want all of your students to know that they can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals in Santa Cruz and neighboring Counties. In fact, so many of them already have with supply donation drives, homemade toys and treats and personal donations collected from their birthday parties, bake sales and even their own allowances. Here are a few more ways that you and your students can get involved:

*Invite us into your school or classroom! We offer a full Humane Education Curricula that falls within the CA State guidelines and offers age appropriate presentations and activities for Pre-K through 12th Grade.
*Sponsor an animal on our website as an individual or a class
*Host donation or adoption drives in your classroom or throughout the school
*Volunteer at Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter at age 13 when accompanied by an adult. We take volunteers at the SPCA at age 16. Families can volunteer to foster shelter animals at any time. Check the websites at scanimalshelter.org and spcasc.org
*Report animal cruelty to Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter at 831-454-7303 or by calling 911.
*Tell everyone you know about the SPCA and the programs it offers. If you have family or friends looking to adopt an animal tell them to look at the local shelters.

There is no cost required for the following presentations, however donations are much appreciated! Presentations are available for single classrooms, assemblies, kindness or career events and after-school programs. Request a presentation by clicking the button below or contact Humane Educator, Brenna Ewing at 831-566-3753 or Education@spcasc.org

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Classroom Presentation Guide

Presentation

Description

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 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

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.
Too Much of a Good Thing Emphasizes the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals. The kids will participate in an activity to help illustrate the problem of pet overpopulation.
Share our World (two 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:
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 (two 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 Animals and the Environment For 6th-12th 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

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.



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