Engaging Students and Fostering Environmental Consciousness with HOOT!

Engaging Students and Fostering Environmental Consciousness with HOOT!

If you’re looking for an engaging and thought-provoking novel to use in your classroom, Carl Hiaasen’s Hoot is an excellent choice. Hoot is a middle-grade novel that tells the story of a boy named Roy who befriends a group of young environmental activists as they try to save a colony of endangered burrowing owls from a construction site.

Hoot is a great choice for your classroom

  • Hoot is a great way to engage your students with environmental issues: In today’s world, environmental issues are becoming more and more pressing. By using Hoot in your classroom, you can help your students understand the importance of protecting our environment and the impact that humans can have on the natural world. The novel is full of vivid descriptions of the Florida wilderness and the wildlife that lives there, making it a great choice for students who are interested in nature and ecology.
  • Hoot encourages critical thinking and discussion: The novel raises a number of important ethical questions, such as whether it is ever right to break the law in order to protect the environment, and whether the ends justify the means when it comes to activism. By using Hoot in your classroom, you can encourage your students to think critically about these issues and engage in meaningful discussions about them.
  • Hoot is a fun and engaging read: Although Hoot deals with serious issues, it is also a humorous and entertaining novel. The characters are well-drawn and relatable, and the plot is full of twists and turns that will keep your students engaged and interested.


I offer a complete novel study to accompany Hoot for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.



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Hoot is an excellent choice for the classroom, providing students with an engaging and thought-provoking look at environmental issues and activism, including themes of friendship, teamwork, adolescence, corporate corruption, environmentalism, and integrity, all told in a writing style that tweens and teens can relate to and enjoy.

I highly recommend this non-fiction resource about burrowing owls offered by Utah Roots to complement this novel study. You can find this resource HERE.

You can purchase this novel study which contains both a printable and a Google Drive™ format at the following locations:

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