Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots

Curriculum-Based Service Learning Program

Curriculum Resources

Animal Community

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The following curriculum-based resources are intended to supplement the three lessons on the animal community. We encourage you to use these resources or research others, based on your district standards, your students and your unique Roots & Shoots campaign.


  • Best Friends: The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Shelter by Samantha Glen and Mary Tyler Moore  (Middle/High School)

  • Ethics into Action: Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement by P. Singer (Middle/High School)

  • Endangered Species: What If We Do Nothing? by Sean Sheehan (Elementary)

  • Good Morning Gorillas (Magic Tree House Series) by Mary Pope Osborne (Elementary/Middle School)

  • Just For Elephants by Carol Buckley (Elementary/Middle School)

  • Let’s Go Visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary by Nola Lee Kelsey (Elementary)

  • My Name is Henley: My Life And Times As A Rescued Dog by Judith Kristen (Middle/High School)

  • Oh, The Pets You Can Get! by Tish Rabe and Joe Mathieu (Elementary)

  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle (Elementary)

  • Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays by Peg Kehret (Middle School)

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (High School)

  • Strolling With Our Kin: Speaking for and Respecting Voiceless Animals by Marc Bekoff (High School)

  • Will We Miss Them? Endangered Species by Alexandra Wright (Elementary)

Web Based Resources


  • National Geographic

  • National Geographic for Kids

  • National Wildlife Federation

  • Ranger Rick Magazine

  • World

  • Zoobooks

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