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Whatever Happened to the Classroom Turtle?

Whatever Happened to the Classroom Turtle?

By: Brady Barr

Research shows that keeping animals in classrooms can have profound effects on student well-being and success. With this practical guide, you will discover how to select a classroom pet, introduce it to students, and design carefully thought-out lessons centered around the animal.

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Foster hands-on learning and student engagement with class pets and science-based activities

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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Instruction Student Engagement

Additional Information

Product Code: BKF815

ISBN: 9781945349768

Published By: Solution Tree

Page Count: 136

"Whether you already have a classroom pet or it's something you have only thought about, Whatever Happened to the Classroom Turtle? will convince you of the benefits of classroom pets and arm you with the information to convince others. Brady makes a clear case for the advantages classroom pets have on student cognitive learning, social-emotional well-being, the community, and even the environment. Complete with advice on everything from choosing the right pet for you to caring for the animal, this book also includes lesson plans to help your students get the most out of their new furry, slimy, or scaly classmate. This is a must-read for teachers of any subject and at any grade level.”

Heidi Albin, Milken Educator and National Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

“Animals in the classroom inspire our youth. The tips Brady Barr offers are practical and easily implementable—and you don’t have to be a science teacher to take advantage of them. If you have any thought about keeping animals in the classroom or are currently hosting live animals, this is a must-read book. Buy a copy for your principal too.”

Paul Vandersteen, science department chair, Neuqua Valley High School, Illinois

Whatever Happened to the Classroom Turtle? reminded me of the importance of the classroom pet. While reading this book, I reminisced about my classroom salamander (especially when reading the section 'My Salamander Just Grew a New Leg') and what I was able to learn by simply observing the day-to-day life of such a fascinating animal. As an elementary urban educator, I found that Whatever Happened to the Classroom Turtle? offered easy steps in creating cost-effective, self-sustaining food sources for classroom pets as well as inquiry-based lesson plans that build on the knowledge my students already bring into the classroom. This book is a fundamental way to offer my students opportunities with animals, opportunities that are often neglected or assumed by society.”

NyRee Clayton-Taylor, 2019 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year

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