I don’t know that these ideas will stay in their minds, but it does give me a bit of hope about the future. After reading Hoot, every student wrote one sentence, narrowing down what they learned from their reading. Maybe it should be noted that they’ve been doing the bulk of their talking about their reading within small reading groups of four. What they came up with, on their own, I think is a hundred times better than anything I could have ever told them. It may, hopefully, stay with them a bit longer as well.
From the minds of eleven and twelve year olds, here are some things that maybe we should all keep in mind…I know I need a reminder every once in awhile.
Don’t give up on what you believe in.
Treat everyone and everything the way you want to be treated.
You should try to protect the environment as best as you can.
You should always stand up for what’s right, no matter the consequences.
Nature is your home, and the home of all living things.
All animals matter as much as humans do because they are living things too.
Don’t kill off wild animals for something that we as humans want for ourselves.
No matter who you are, when you stand up for something you believe in, you can make a difference.
If you want to do something, you have to work persistently at it.
You should respect the wildlife that was there before you.
Don’t let the little details in life go unseen.
Think about the animals before you think about the money.
You shouldn’t mistreat animals and take away the land they live on.
You can’t just care about yourself because there are other people and animals in the world too that you have to care about.
Protecting wildlife is important.
You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it.
Fight for a good cause even if you’re not getting what you want.
Just because you have rights doesn’t mean nature doesn’t.
In the world, we’re losing lots of wildlife to building and man-made places, so let’s try to cut back on that and save what we have.
When you stand up, and work together, you can make a difference.
Don’t hurt or ignore endangered animals.
No matter who you are, or how old you are, you should always take a stand for what you think is right.