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Starting Materials

Starting materials and lesson plans

This section is a library of starting materials, recommended resources, original stories, lesson plans, and a host of other items to help you bring about great philosophical inquiries.

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Problem Pet


This is a provocation to prompt children to make arguments revealing the criteria they believe should distinguish pets from treasured objects or other animals. The same strategy could be used for other concepts.

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