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Additional Links & Resources
The organizations and programs listed below provide additional resources for teachers using pets in their classrooms:
Pets in the Classroom Promotional Material
• Download the Pets in the Classroom Flyer to share in your community, pet stores and schools.
Pets in the Classroom Phase I Findings Report
Gator Gator Second Grader, Classroom Pet ...or Not?
This science-based children’s book, Gator, Gator, Second Grader (Classroom Pet…Or Not?) by award-winning author Conrad J. Storad and vibrantly illustrated by Alex Lopez, provides students and teachers with a clever educational resource designed to introduce animals into a learning environment. Published by Little Five Star, a division of Five Star Publications, Inc., Gator, Gator, Second Grader provides parents and educators with a trusted resource to help students learn more about nature. Book details and ordering can be found here.
www.petfinder.com was created with the goal of finding a home for all adoptable pets and this certainly includes small furry, feathered and scaly ones. Before you adopt, check out their site:www.petfinder.com/before-pet-adoption for information on what kind of pet, size, etc. that will be the right fit for you and your students.
Dogs and Cats Hear Much, Much More
Dogs and Cats Hear Much, Much More! by Janet Marlow, M.A. is a wonderful resource that will help your students understand how animals relate to the world through their acute sense of hearing. Hearing is an important sense that affects pet behavior. This informative book will help students learn how the science of sound affects their own environment, as well as their pet’s living space. Better understanding of animals enhances empathy, responsibility and care for another being; therefore opening the hearts of children in the most natural way. Recommended for children ages 7-12.
The Florida Aquarium
The American Federation of Aviculture
The American Federation of Aviculture, a nonprofit national organization that promotes the advancement of Aviculture through educational programs, has implemented courses to train aviculturists called “Fundamentals of Aviculture”. The introductory course provides information on anatomy and physiology, avian behavior, proper housing, preventing illness of birds in our care, and much more. Development for the Intermediate Aviculture Course, Fundamentals of Aviculture Level II, was made possible by a grant from Pet Care Trust, the foundation that created Pets in the Classroom.
Benefits of Children Growing Up with Pets
In March 2012, the American Humane Association conducted a survey that speaks to the remarkable bond and loyalty between children and their pets. The survey gathered information from adults on the effect of losing a pet during childhood. Although many adults in this survey reported to still be affected by the loss of a childhood pet, support for aiding the child-pet relationship in families is often lacking. American Humane Association hopes that this survey will guide future efforts in creating healthier and happier families and communities. READ MORE