Grant Program Hosts 2nd Annual Curriculum Contest

Pets in the Classroom invites teachers to submit lesson plans built around their classroom pets.

The Pets in the Classroom grant program invites pre-kindergarten through 8th grade teachers to enter their 2nd annual Curriculum Contest by submitting lesson plans that incorporate classroom pets.  Now through August 1st, teachers can submit their lesson plan ideas that center around the use of fish, reptiles, and small animals in the classroom in the form of worksheets, photos, PP presentations, fliers, or any written lesson plans. The winner of each category (PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8) will win a $100 gift card. The teachers of the winning lesson plans based on Small Animals/Birds (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8), Reptile/Amphibian (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8), and Aquarium/Fish (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8) will win a $100 gift card. Winners will be announced August 8th.

Select entries will once again be featured on the Pets in the Classroom website, allowing teachers to utilize and adapt lesson plans for their own use in their classroom.

The Pets in the Classroom grant program provides grants to Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers in both private and public schools for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining classroom pets.  Classroom animals are wonderful resources for teachers that, when incorporated into lesson plans, can have a profound impact.  Classroom pets not only provide excitement in the classroom, but they also benefit students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond.  Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self-esteem.

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