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Whatever Happened to the Classroom Turtle?

Discover how to improve students’ well-being and achievement by reintroducing animals into 21st century classrooms. Increase student engagement and academic success with hands-on learning involving class pets.


  • Become familiar with the numerous benefits that having animals and class pets in the classroom provides.
  • Study the various obstacles that might prevent educators from keeping animals in their classroom and learn how to overcome those obstacles to achieve hands-on learning.
  • Discover a step-by-step process for bringing animals into the classroom in a way that enriches students’ lives through experiential learning.
  • Learn the biology and life sciences of certain classroom pets, pertinent state laws regarding the use of classroom pets, and the process of keeping and caring for the animal.

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Chapter 1: The Need for and Benefits of Animals in the Classroom
Chapter 2: Hurdles to Animals in the Classroom
Chapter 3: How to Select the Perfect Animal
Chapter 4: How to Locate Animals
Chapter 5: How to Write Lesson Plans
Appendix A: Tips
Appendix B: How to Create Self-Sustaining Food Sources for Your Classroom Animal




Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Appendix B