Resources & Materials

Resources and Lesson Plans

Heifer’s Global Education Lesson Plans give teachers the resources to educate their students about their international neighbors while inspiring them to help build a better world. These resources also help provide students with the knowledge to understand and appreciate the connections between people, their actions, and the environment.

You can view more about the Read to Feed program in our introductory video, available on YouTube, Vimeo or TeacherTube. Share this video with your class to get your students excited about reading to help end world hunger.

Program Materials

Included in every download

Read to Feed lessons are flexible, and offer a variety of supplemental material for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. These modules meet national learning standards, and put a new spin on courses like geography, science, language arts and more. Each kit includes:

  • Leader’s Guide - Shares the quick and easy steps of implementing Read to Feed, along with ideas and resources to keep your students motivated to reach their goal.
  • Student Guide - Includes everything kids need to share with their parents about Read to Feed.
  • Grade-Specific Lesson Plans - In English and Spanish.
  • Coloring Sheets - Encourage creativity while emphasizing Read to Feed lessons.
  • Poster (17" x 22") - Can be displayed in the classroom.
  • Bookmarks - Remind students about their Read to Feed goals.
  • Certificates - To be given to students at the end of the program.
  • Donation Form - To complete and return to Heifer International at the end of the program.

The Leader's Guide, Student Guide, bookmarks and poster are also available to order in hard copy. Select your grade level below to download lesson plans and program materials.

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8 Lessons + "The Chicken and the Worm"

Heifer's pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs focus on the benefits animals provide to people, and how people care for animals. These lessons coordinate with "The Chicken and the Worm" by Page McBrier and focus on the Americas.

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Resource Country Focus
Lesson Plan 1 Reading Comprehension: "The Chicken and the Worm" - Language Arts
Lesson Plan 2 Animals and their Environments: Where Do Chickens and Worms Live? - Science
Lesson Plan 3 Animals Helping People: How Do Chickens and Worms Help People? - Science, Language Arts
Lesson Plan 4 Building a Worm Bin - Science
Lesson Plan 5 Creating a Worm Menu - Language Arts, Science
Lesson Plan 6 Worm Letters - Language Arts, Math
Lesson Plan 7 Experiment: How do eggs help plants? - Science, Language Arts, Math
Lesson Plan 8 Where Is My Worm? - Language Arts
Book "The Chicken and the Worm" - Also available in hardcover. Purchase a copy from the Shop@Heifer.
All lesson kits include Read to Feed program resources: leader's guide, student guide, coloring sheets, bookmarks, certificates, poster and donation form.
8 Lessons based on "Beatrice's Goat"

The first- and second-grade lessons focus on the concept of community and the connections between members of a community. These lessons are based on "Beatrice's Goat" by Page McBrier and focus on the continent of Africa.

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Resource Country Focus
Lesson Plan 1 Understanding the Story of Beatrice and Her Goat Uganda Language Arts
Lesson Plan 2 Your Connection to the Community - Geography, Civics and Government
Lesson Plan 3 Doing Your Part: Accomplishing Group Goals - Civics, Language Arts
Lesson Plan 4 The Places We Live: Comparing and Contrasting Uganda, USA Geography
Lesson Plan 5 Web of Connections - Geography, Science
Lesson Plan 6 Categorizing Costs and Benefits - Language Arts, Economics
Lesson Plan 7 A Good Rule - Language Arts, Civics
Lesson Plan 8 How to Make Cheese and Write About It - Language Arts
"Beatrice's Goat" is published by Simon and Schuster. Available at libraries and bookstores. Purchase a copy from the Shop@Heifer.
All lesson kits include Read to Feed program resources: leader's guide, student guide, coloring sheets, bookmarks, certificates, poster and donation form.
9 Lessons + "Winter in Songming"

The third- and fourth-grade lessons focus on the interactions between people and their environment. These lessons coordinate with "Winter in Songming" by Page McBrier and focus on Asia.

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Resource Country Focus
Lesson Plan 1 Songming Settings China Language Arts
Lesson Plan 2 Three Rivers China Science, Geography
Lesson Plan 3 Biogas as a Source of Energy - Science, Geography
Lesson Plan 4 Jue Ju Poetry China Language Arts
Lesson Plan 5 House Geometry - Mathematics
Lesson Plan 6 Erosion and Terraacing - Language Arts, Science, Geography
Lesson Plan 7 The Importance of Biodiversity China Language Arts, Science
Lesson Plan 8 Manure and Microbes - Language Arts, Science
Lesson Plan 9 Mudhuts: How to make heat-retaining mud bricks - Language Arts, Science
Book "Winter in Songming" - Also available in hardcover. Purchase a copy from the Shop@Heifer.
All lesson kits include Read to Feed program resources: leader's guide, student guide, coloring sheets, bookmarks, certificates, poster and donation form.
9 Lessons + "Once There Was and Was Not"

The fifth- and sixth-grade lessons focus on the roles and responsibilities people have within their communities. These lessons coordinate with "Once There Was and Was Not" by Page McBrier and focus on Europe.

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Resource Country Content
Lesson Plan 1 Another Point of View - Reading Comprehension Armenia Language Arts, Geography
Lesson Plan 2 An Example of Civic Life: The Ecology Club Armenia Civics
Lesson Plan 3 Math Lesson - Polling Activity - Mathematics
Lesson Plan 4 Displaying Culture in Art and Literature - Language Arts, Visual Arts, Social Studies
Lesson Plan 5 Two Halves of the Gift: First Half – the Animal - Language Arts, Science, Geography
Lesson Plan 6 Two Halves of the Gift: Second Half – the Skills - Language Arts
Lesson Plan 7 Passing on the Gift - Language Arts, Math, Science
Lesson Plan 8 Allocation: Who Should Get It? - Language Arts
Lesson Plan 9 Who Decides? - Language Arts, Civics
Book "Once There Was and Was Not" - Also available in hardcover. Purchase a copy from the Shop@Heifer.
All lesson kits include Read to Feed program resources: leader's guide, student guide, coloring sheets, bookmarks, certificates, poster and donation form.
GET IT! Curriculum + Chores for Change Service Learning

Heifer's Global Education to Improve Tomorrow (GET IT!) program teaches middle school students about their roles as consumers, and shows them the effects their choices in the global marketplace. The units feature the international flower, coffee, and banana trades, and emphasize writing, reading comprehension, and critical thinking.

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GET IT! Lesson Plans

Our middle school program, Global Education to Improve Tomorrow (GET IT!), teaches students about their roles as consumers and the effects their choices have in the global marketplace, while emphasizing reading comprehension, audience-based writing, high-level thinking and research strategies. The units feature the international trade of flowers, coffee and bananas, common products that people in the United States buy from Latin America.

GET IT! program resources are also available in hard copy.

The middle-school lesson plans go hand in hand with Chores for Change, a service-learning program that teaches students about hunger and what they can do to make a difference in their own communities, as well as around the world. Chores for Change is a program that teaches students of any age about community service, the world and how to make a difference. Participants work as volunteers to reduce hunger, such as passing out food at a soup kitchen or collecting cans for a food bank. Each participant recruits sponsors to pledge donations for time spent in volunteer activities, collects the donations and sends them to Heifer International to help us fight world hunger. The experience of confronting hunger issues, firsthand, teaches lifelong lessons.