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Alternatives to Dissection

State Approved Curricula

We offer week-long downloadable curricula for students in grades K-6 that meet national, state and local student performance standards. All documents are in PDF format. 

Lesson Plans

Animal Safety Unit 
Pet Overpopulation Unit
Canine Companions Unit
Fabulous Felines Unit
Save the Earth Unit
Wonderfully Wild Unit
Reading List

Calendars for your Classroom Teach Daily Compassion for Creatures!



October January
November February
December March

Let's Create a Class- A Unique Approach to Humane Education

The Humane Society of Missouri has created a new program JUST FOR YOU! Our programs are taught by specially-trained volunteer humane educators who are well informed about animal-related topics and are familiar with age-level learning characteristics.


Download a brochure for classes at the Macklind Ave Headquarters.


Download a brochure for classes at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo.


Classroom Pets, Hatching Projects, and Dissection

Helpful information about animal issues that affect your classroom:

Hatching Projects

Classroom Pets

Alternatives to Dissection


Twist of Fate" for the young readers in your class!

Twist of Fate -By Chris Stuckenschneider

A tractor-trailer carrying horses to a slaughterhouse crashes on a highway. Rescuers save many of them, including a pregnant mare. When her "miracle colt" is born, he draws national media attention. Young readers will be able to meet "Twist of Fate" when "Twister" tells his tale and introduces folks to friends he's made at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. This is a story "straight from the horse's mouth." Color feature. (Teacher Guide available)

Eight-Chapter Serialized Story


We encourage teachers, parents and students to contact their local newspaper to encourage them to publish Twist of Fate's story written by Chris Stuckenschneider and produced by the Missouri Press Foundation.

Ask them to visit for more information or contact Dawn Kitchell at (636) 932-4301.

Thank you to the newspapers who are already running Twist of Fate's story:

- Washington Missourian
- Warren County Record
- Jefferson County Leader
- Eldon Advertiser
- Versailles Leader Statesman
- Lebanon Daily Record

My class loves reading "Twist of Fate." Each week we look forward to reading about a new horse at the ranch. You have made the stories very interesting for my students and they are excited about reading! I am so thankful for the Newspapers in Education Program that made reading this story possible.

Claire Heeger
Third Grade Teacher
Central Elementary, Union, MO

What young readers are saying about "Twist of Fate," a new serialized story from Missouri Press:

I like reading "Twist of Fate..." It’s also a lot better than reading a textbook. My favorite horse is Stan the thoroughbred. He looks like a really good racing horse. I wonder how he gets his stall door unlocked. I wish I could do that with the school door! I'm glad you're writing the story.

Sincerely, Isaac