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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
01Oct2015

Teacher Thank You Letter

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    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 to the educational process!   Dear Pet Care
23Sep2015

Announcing the Pets in the Classroom #HabitatContest

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From aquariums to cages, to animal mazes, teachers take a lot of time and effort to make a comfortable, healthy environment for their classroom pets to live in. And we at Pets in the Classroom would love to see these environments! On October 5th, we will be kicking off the Pets in the Classroom #HabitatContest.
21Sep2015

Navigating the Rise of Student Allergies with Pets in the Classroom

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Now more than ever, we are aware of the impact that certain substances in our environment can have on respiratory health. More people are being diagnosed with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions requiring treatments that range from simple nasal rinses and over-the-counter medicines to more potent drugs like steroids and inhalers. As the number
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