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Roots and Shoots


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Social-Emotional Learning

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  • Activity - Classroom

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Drawing Quotes: An Engagement Reflection Activity

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  • This activity asks students to reflect on a quote from Jane Goodall and create a piece of artwork to reflect the quote. 
  • Students can choose from one of four inspiring quotes about taking action. 
Teaching Tips


  • This activity will work for students at any ability level and can be scaffolded accordingly. 
  • Dr. Goodall's quotes are varied and can be interpreted in several ways, which will make for a great variety of art. 
  • The resource provides example artwork from students and artists. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers will need art supplies such as posters, markers, crayons, pencils, paint, scissors, magazines, photos, and glue for this activity.
  • Teachers may want to discuss the word "apathy"  for students to understand one quote. 


  • Although this is an art activity, it could be used in a science or social studies class while studying conservation or Dr. Jane Goodall. 
  • Once students have created their artwork, display them around the room and have students complete a gallery walk. Provide students with post-its and have them leave positive feedback for their peers. 
  • Several excellent extensions are suggested in the resource, including creating photo collages, journaling about the quotes, and creating comic strips. 
  • Other related resources include this activity where students create a "do one thing" mural, this animated poem read by Jane Goodall, and this art piece that will get students thinking. 
Scientist Notes
This contains reflective activities to engage students to be environmentally responsible for the planet. It is ideal and illustrative for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.3.6 Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generating and conceptualizing ideas.
      • 1.5.5.Cr1a: Brainstorm and curate ideas to innovatively problem solve during art-making and design projects.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 2 - Organizing and developing ideas.
      • 1.5.5.Cr2a: Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches, through invention and practice.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 3 - Refining and completing products.
      • 1.5.5.Cr3a: Reflect, refine, and revise work individually and collaboratively, and discuss and describe personal choices in art-making.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 10 - Synthesizing and relating knowledge and personal experiences to create products.
      • 1.5.5.Cn10a: Create works of art that reflect community cultural traditions. Discuss using formal and conceptual vocabulary.
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