September Featured Teacher

Hearing from other teachers can be a wonderful way to learn about how to better your classroom environment through a classroom pet, which why we want to introduce you to this month’s featured teacher, Angela Meyer!  Angela is a kindergarten teacher in Simi Valley,...

Publication of Largest-Ever Study on Pets in the Classroom

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Care Trust, and American Humane announced today the online publication of the Pets in the Classroom Study, which assessed the social, behavioral, and academic effects of the
presence of small, resident classroom animals for 591 third and fourth-grade students across the United States over the 2016-2017 school year. The study’s findings suggest that classroom pets may help improve academic performance and social skills in children.

6 Creative Ways to Enhance Curriculum with Classroom Pets

Studies indicate that classroom pets may help students improve their skills and engage more effectively with subject matter across a wide variety of disciplines, from reading and writing to art and science. In addition, classroom pets encourage better social skills,...

Applying for a Pets in the Classroom Grant

Pets in the Classroom invites you to apply for a grant!  We continually hear first-hand accounts from teachers on how their classroom pets impact the lives of their students.  We are excited to be able to provide funding to teachers across the US and Canada to...

Which Pet is the Right Option for Your Classroom?

If you are considering adding a pet to your classroom, one of the most important decisions you will make is which type of animal to choose. From little hermit crabs to snuggly rabbits, a wide variety of pets have the power to bring your lessons to life, keep students...

Teachers Share the Value of Classroom Pets

Teachers Share the Value of Classroom Pets Survey produced by the Pets in the Classroom grant program shows that children experience behavioral and school performance improvements as a result of having a classroom pet Teachers across the U.S. and Canada have shared...

June Featured Teacher

Meet our June Featured Teacher, Christina Cunningham!  Ms. Cunningham is the 5th grade teacher at Imagine Chancellor in Delray Beach, Florida.   Her classroom pet, Taki the Bearded Dragon, is beloved by students and Ms. Cunningham, and is making a difference in the...

Grant Deadlines

It’s the end of the school year which means it’s the end of the 2018-19 grant cycle for Pets in the Classroom!  Here are a few reminders on what that means for grant recipients: June 30th, 2019 is the final deadline for any rebate or sustaining grant paperwork and...

April’s Featured Teacher – Sara Carnohan

Our featured teacher for the month of April is Sara Carnohan. She is a 1st grade teacher at Conowingo Elementary School in Conowingo, Maryland.  Her classroom pet, a betta fish named Bubbles, has built a sense of responsibility, reduced stress and anxiety, and...

March Featured Teacher – John Trimble

Meet our March Featured Teacher, John Trimble!  Mr. Trimble is the Science/STEM Teacher at Franklin School in Corvallis, OR.   His classroom pet, Groot the Bearded Dragon, has helped him improve his classroom climate! Why did you decide to get a bearded dragon? Safe,...

February Featured Teacher

We want to introduce you to a new monthly feature from Pets in the Classroom!  We continually hear from teachers who share their stories and experiences with us, and we decided we should share their experiences and wisdom with you! Each month, we will do a short...

Bringing a Pet into Your Classroom

Bringing a Pet into Your Classroom: How to Ease the Transition for Both the Pet and Your Students From geckos to hamsters to turtles, classroom pets offer powerful learning opportunities for children and can boost their happiness and engagement at school. However,...

Winners of the Habitat Contest!

We want to thank all the teachers, voters, and sponsors for making this year’s #HabitatContest such a success!  We had many wonderful entries, and a very close finish!  For the first time in the contest’s history, Pets in the Classroom is happy to announce that...

The Power of Pets

Do you believe in the power of pets and the special human-animal bond? Loving a pet is a simple concept many of us remember from our childhood. But the joys and benefits of pet care extend beyond the home. Teachers confirm classroom pets have a lasting impact and...

Winners of the Annual Lesson Plan Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners of our annual Lesson Plan Contest! Thank you to all the great entries we received! The winners below won a $100 gift card. We had NINE winners!  Small Animal/Bird Pre-K-2nd: Amanda Foster – Hamster 2A and 2B 3rd-5th: Kelly...

4th annual Lesson Plan Contest

The Pets in the Classroom grant program invites pre-kindergarten through 9th grade teachers to enter their 4th annual Lesson Plan Contest.  Now through August 1st, teachers can submit their lesson plan ideas that center on the use of fish, reptiles, and small animals...

End of Year Reminder

IMPORTANT NEWS! Reimbursement Paperwork due July 30th and First day to apply is August 1st This is a reminder to all teachers that our school year ends June 30th, 2018. All reimbursement paperwork must be postmarked by this date. We cannot process any paperwork...

#HabitatContest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Pets in the Classroom #HabitatContest: Karen Koenig was the winner with 4306 votes!           Steve Shephard was the other winner whose entry was selected randomly.           We...

Habitat Contest

  Has your classroom pet settled into its school home? We’d love to see it!     The Pets in the Classroom grant program invites pre-kindergarten through 9th grade teachers with classroom pets to enter the Pets in the Classroom Habitat Contest. Now through...

Now Accepting Applications

Pets in the Classroom is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year!  We are excited be able to provide pre-k through 9th grade teachers with funding to have classroom pets! If you are applying for a Pets in the Classroom grant, here are a few things to...

Pets in the Classroom Expands Eligibility

We are please to announce that the Pets in the Classroom grant program, which has previously been available to Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers, will be expanding its reach.  For the first time, teachers in 9th grade classrooms will also be eligible to...

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...

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