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Pets in the Classroom Program - Classroom Pets for Pre-K through 8th Grade Classes
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In 2014, fourth grade teacher Karry Walgamott applied for a grant through and the Pets in the Classroom program. She wanted to add a pet to her classroom, in hopes of turning book knowledge into practical knowledge that students could interact with in the classroom setting. When Petco provided Mrs. Walgamott with a grant, she was able to add a baby Bearded Dragon to her class for the 2014-2015 school year.
The Pets in the Classroom grant program holds 3rd annual Lesson Plan Contest for pre-K through 8th grade teachers:
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Educators need to do their research before bringing a pet into the classroom. Heidi O’Brien, communications coordinator for the National Association for Humane Education says, “A range of problems can arise when teachers fail to research a particular animal’s needs and behavior. For example, birds tend to be sensitive to drafts and changes in air temperature. Hamsters are nocturnal and may be sleeping during the school day.” Experts caution that there are certain pets that are never appropriate for classrooms. These animals include reptiles such as lizards and snakes, which could potentially cause salmonella; and other animals that are removed from the wild such as chinchillas and frogs. Animals like birds and rabbits aren’t easily handled by large groups of children and, although they make good pets in the home, they are not well suited to life in a classroom. Below are some of the small pets eligible for adoption through the Classroom Pet Program. Interested? !
Photo provided by FlickrChildren LOVE talking about their pets! Check out my  for activities to run a Pets Theme for a week in your preschool classroom!
Photo provided by FlickrA grant for a class pet through PetSmart. Also, a guide to choosing the right pet for your classroom. 8031
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Petland's love for animals coupled with a love for community has led us to partner with the Pet Care Trust to help provide teachers with funding to bring the benefits of Pets in the Classroom. The Pets in the Classroom is an educational grantprogram that helps public school teachers get an aquarium or small pet habitat set up in the classroom. These grants are available for Pre-K through 8th grade teachers.Through the Petland Pets in the Classroom grant, teachers can obtain a grant for the purchase of new pets, pet environments or pet food and supplies forexisting classroom pets by simply filling out an online application. For more information, .The benefits of classroom pets are numerous. They help teach responsibility, encourage nurturing, build self-esteem, and stimulate learning. They enrich the classroom experience and provide new ways for students to engage in education. And they allow students who may not have a pet in their home life have the opportunity to experience these benefits and make a new animal friend.There are grants available for elementary teachers who want to keep pets in the classroom that may hep pay for some of the expenses. Check out for details.Many science teachers have classroom specimens (or pets) to serve as model organisms, to teach students how to care for animals, and to generally liven up the space. When I first started teaching, I inherited a room that had beautiful cabinets full of specimens preserved in formaldehyde. I wanted a pet in that space because I didn’t want my biology students to associate the subject matter with only dead things, biology is the science of LIFE. Over the years, I’ve had many pets in the classroom, most were donated to me by seniors who were leaving for college and some were purchased from pet stores, and some were wildlife rescues, like an American Toad that showed up on my back porch. (We kept Tubby over the winter and released him in the spring.Despite the rather scary-sounding name, Bearded Dragons are gentle by nature. They are named for the spiny skin under their throat that, when puffed up, looks like a beard. Bearded dragons are originally from the desert, so they’ll require a warm and dry habitat (Read for more info). According to the website Pets in the Classroom, they will need a few days to adjust to a new environment. Once settled in, students can take it out occasionally for handling sessions. However, like many small animals, bearded dragons are fragile in places. Always supervise students while they are handling a bearded dragon and never allow them to hold the lizard by its tail, since it can break off.