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Teacher Resources: Animal Welfare

The teacher resources provided on this site are courtesy of Cathryn Berger Kaye, author and leading international expert in service learning, with some additional links provided by RandomKid ("rk")


•    Sample Lesson Plans

Visit GoToServiceLearning and Learn and Serve for a range of water-related lesson plans.

•    Curriculum Webs

Animal Welfare Across the Curriculum

•    Book Recommendations

Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts (Putnam, 2007). A boy wonders what his new puppy’s life was like before his family rescued him from the shelter. How hard and sad to imagine his dog had been homeless or perhaps treated poorly! However, when it comes to creating a home for his new puppy, he knows just what to do. 32 pp., picture book

Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle (Philomel, 2008). A group of cats living on their own in a wooded area are shocked to observe three kittens who, abandoned on the highway median, magically survive the treacherous highway crossing to the trees. These kittens continue to cast a loving magical spell as the older, but not always wiser, felines conspire to save their woods from a sprawling strip mall and greedy developers. 118pp., grades 3–5, fiction

A Kid’s Guide to Protecting and Caring for Animals: How to Take Action by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A. with the ASPCA (Free Spirit Publishing, 2008) This service learning guide provides a cross-curricular approach to learning about the important issues for

Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform by Karen Winegar (Da Capo Press, 2009). A collection of twenty-eight true stories from coast to coast about people healing the damage done to animals, and animals healing the suffering of humans.256pp., grades 4–12, nonfiction

Up-Close: Jane Goodall by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Viking, 2008). From her love of the classic children’s book Dr. Dolittle, to her childhood determination to work with animals in Africa, to her revolutionary fieldwork in the jungle of Gombe, this book tells the story of Jane Goodall. A pioneer in her studies, this inspiring biography depicts how she creatively crafted a personal life around her supreme passion: protecting animals and our environment. 218pp., grades 5–8, nonfiction
Service Learning Idea! Be sure to visit to learn about the Roots & Shoots program of the Jane Goodall Institute.

•    Service-Learning Guides

•    Articles and additional links

Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, involves youth in service to animals, the environment, and people.