Teachers Give Reasons for Having Classroom Pets

We asked teachers what the best reasons to have a classroom pet were and wanted to share some answers with you!    My favorite thing about having a class pet is that I have noticed kids who would never choose to socialize and interact in free time will get in...

End of the School Year Announcement

IMPORTANT End of the School Year Announcement! The Pets in the Classroom program runs each school year from August until June. We will not be taking applications in June (after June 1st) or July so that we can prepare for next school year. If you have questions, feel...

Summer Break for your Classroom Pet

Who is ready for summer break?! The students and you may be, but is your classroom pet? The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and with all of the busyness that comes with it, make sure you make arrangements for your little animal friend. We at Pets in the...

Fox 29 Shares About Pets in the Classroom

We hear so many wonderful stories showing how classroom pets are effecting the lives of students.  We want to thank Fox 29 TV in Philadelphia for capturing one of these stories! Classroom pets truly teach life lessons – responsibility, empathy, acceptance, and...

Winners of the Habitat Contest

The Pet Care Trust is happy to announce the winners of its Pets in the Classroom grant program’s 2nd annual Habitat Contest. The contest, which ran through December 10th, asked teachers to submit pictures of their classroom pet’s habitat.  Two winners were chosen, one...

Pets in the Classroom News

Grant Program for Teachers Accepting Applications August 1st Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers who are interested in owning or already own a classroom pet can apply to receive funding through the Pets in the Classroom grant program. The Pet Care...

Growing Produce in Maine

The 1st grade students at Memorial Elementary School in New Gloucester, Maine are learning some extraordinary lessons thanks to their teacher, Ms. Wallace and the pet fish in their classroom.  Through the fish, students are learning how to grow produce (bib lettuce,...

The Year of the Guinea Pigs – Part 1

What happens when a teacher utilizes a small animal in the classroom? According to Barbara J. Radcliffe, wonderful things. In her article, “Literacy Lessons in One Language Arts Sixth-Grade Classroom: The Year of the Guinea Pigs,” which was published in the March...

#HabitatContest Winners

Thank you to all of those who participated in our Pets in the Classroom #HabitatContest! We loved looking through all of the entries and seeing how teachers are making their classroom pet part of their classroom home!  We want to congratulate our winners who will all...

Coral Reefs in the Classroom

It is amazing what can be learned through classroom pets.  Take the students at Cooper Middle School.  Through their teacher Carol Mickus, the Science/STEM Educator, the  students learned some fascinating lessons through their saltwater tank and a lesson plan called...

Gerbils in the Willow Room

Incorporating classroom pets into lesson plans can be both educational and fun. Emily Colwell and Michelle Colby, teachers at Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center and winners of the Pets in the Classroom Curriculum Contest, built an incredible lesson plan...

Kicking Off the #HabitatContest

Today is the first day of the Pets in the Classroom #HabitatContest!  We are excited to see all of the habitats that classroom pets are living in, and are excited for others to see as well, which is why we are choosing one of our winners based on popular vote.  The...

Teacher Thank You Letter

We received this letter from a Pets in the Classroom grant recipient that we had to share with you. If you are considering getting a classroom pet, please read this letter as this teacher’s testimony reinforces all of the benefits that classroom pets can provide...

Pet Care Trust Receives Award

The Pet Care Trust Receives ASAE Honors for its Pets in the Classroom Campaign The Pet Care Trust has earned a 2015 ASAE Power of A Silver Award for its Pets in the Classroom program, which provides grants for teachers of grades Pre-K to 8th grade to obtain a...

End of the School Year

As we come to the end of the school year, we at Pets in the Classroom want to remind you that there is still time to redeem your grant coupons or turn in your receipts if you have not already done so (June 30th is the deadline for all grant reimbursement).  Remember,...

Summer Classroom Pet Care

It’s May, which means summer is right around the corner!  In the end of the school year rush, don’t wait to make arrangements for your classroom pet!   We at Pets in the Classroom recommend that the classroom pet stay with you, the teacher.  Since you...

Child Development and Pets

There’s something special about the bonds that can emerge between young children and finned, furred or scaly friends. Did you know that the unique relationships between a child and pet can actually foster and facilitate development? New research is coming to light...

We Need Your Help!

Did you know that Pets in the Classroom has provided over 50,000 grants to teachers,bringing classroom pets into the lives of over 2.5 million students?  We have been having record numbers of grant applicants year after and are so encouraged by the feedback we receive...

Teachers New to Classroom Pets

Are you new to the classroom pet experience? Whether a first year teacher or a veteran teacher new to classroom pets, the idea of bringing an animal into the classroom can be both exciting and daunting. If you visit our website, you can review a list of things to...

Pets Add Life Poetry Contest

Having a pet in the classroom provides many opportunities for learning.  Whether it be in science, math, art, reading, or writing, classroom animals can provide excitement to what might otherwise be an uninteresting subject to some students.  This is why Pets in the...

Welcome Classroom Pets!

The new school year has started which means classroom pets are making their way into schools across the country! Here are just a few of the four-legged friends that are making the classroom environment a little more friendly thanks to the Pets in the Classroom grant...

Having Fish in the Classroom

When choosing a pet for the classroom, many teachers opt for fish.  Fish aquariums are soothing and tranquil. Fish don’t require as much daily care as some animals and are a safe choice for teachers who do not desire to have a pet that students may want to hold...

Resources on Classroom Pets

Google Getting a classroom pet is not an easy decision.  It takes a lot of responsibility as well as research.  Whether you have a classroom pet or plan on getting one, this glossary of links will provide you with helpful information before and after you get a...

Character-Building Lesson Plans

Google Having a classroom pet opens up opportunities for incorporating your exciting little friend into lesson plans and curriculum.  Kids love projects that incorporate their favorite classroom creature, and teachers have told us that their classroom pets have...

Carl, the Classroom Bearded Dragon

In our last post, we told you about teacher Linda Graham and her classroom pet, Carl.  Ms. Graham teaches 4th grade boys at Global Leadership Academy in West Philadelphia, PA.  We did a little Q&A with her and, since her classroom pet experience has been such a...

Summer Care for your Classroom Pet

The end of the school year is always a hectic time in the classroom.  As you deal with end of the year parties and assemblies,  getting your grades in, and the rising energy levels of your students, don’t forget to make arrangements for your classroom pet!...

Notes of Gratitude

Google As you may have heard, Pets in the Classroom has provided grants to over 38,000 teachers!  We are so thankful that we are able to provides these grants to teachers and know that teachers are thankful too!  Just read a few of the notes we have received from...

Students Express Thanks

Google Some of the 1.9 million students that have been touched through the Pets in the Classroom grant program have sent us thank you notes expressing their appreciation for the financial help with their classroom pets.  Nothing says thank you quite like a picture or...

We Want to Hear from You!

With over 38,000 teachers having received financial help for a classroom pet,  the Pets in the Classroom grant program continues to receive expressions of thanks.  And we love receiving them!  We are so blessed by the notes, letters, cards, pictures, etc. that we...

Classroom Pets – Teaching Tools

Google Classroom pets are fun, interesting, and entertaining to your students.  And they are also a tool teachers can use to help make education exciting!  Take Intermediate Classroom 1 at The Auburn School in Baltimore, MD.  They had a classroom pet for one day and...

Teacher Testimonials

Google There are many benefits to having pets in the classroom, but don’t take our word for it. See what some of the teachers who have received our grant have to say…   I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for the grant to establish an...

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