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03Mar2016

Changed Behavior Due to the Classroom Pet

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  We received the following letter from a teacher that we just have to share with you!   I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know about the wonderful things our bearded dragon (Charlie) has brought to our classroom.  I teach fourth grade and getting students to write is often difficult,
26Feb2016

Big Changes in Special Education Classroom

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What would you think if you heard a special education teacher say:   “[It] helped one of my non-verbal students with autism in ways unimaginable. That student is now speaking in 3 to 4 word sentences/phrases!  Behavior problems have reduced to a minimum, and 80% of my students’ reading levels have improved.”   This is
15Feb2016

Growing Produce in Maine

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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, rosemary, celery, broccoli, and tomatoes) in their tank, how to care for animals, how
02Feb2016

Literacy Lessons – The Year of the Guinea Pigs – Part 2

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In our last blog post, we discussed the article, “Literacy Lessons in One Language Arts Sixth-Grade Classroom: The Year of the Guinea Pigs” by Barbara J. Radcliffe, which was published in the March 2015 Middle School Journal.   The article outlines the positive impact Radcliffe’s guinea pigs made on her students academically, socially, and emotionally.  Our
22Jan2016

The Year of the Guinea Pigs – Part 1

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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 2015 Middle School Journal, Radcliffe reflects on the positive impact her guinea pigs
06Jan2016

News: Teachers Invited to Enhance Classroom through Grant Program

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Teachers Invited to Enhance Classroom through Grant Program   The Pets in the Classroom grant program provides teachers with funding to enhance their classroom through small animal pets.   As teachers look for new ways to bring excitement and growth to the classroom, the Pets in the Classroom grant program is prepared to help by providing teachers
27Oct2015

Coral Reefs in the Classroom

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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 “Coral Reefs in the Classroom.”   “Our saltwater tank project has truly been a great
19Oct2015

Gerbils in the Willow Room

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  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 for their students built around their classroom pet gerbils. With a lot of the lesson plan based on
12Oct2015

Mystery: What is that in the Hermit Crab Habitat

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We want to introduce you to Sandra Schroeder, Special Educator at Brush Creek Elementary School and one of three winners of the Pets in the Classroom Curriculum Contest!  Ms. Schroeder’s lesson plan, “Mystery: What is that in the Hermit Crab Habitat,” was selected as the winning lesson plan of the 3rd – 5th grade grade category.   The lesson plan, which
05Oct2015

Kicking Off the #HabitatContest

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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 entry with the most votes
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