Resources and Articles
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
Download this informational flyer to share with potential donors or sponsors.
Teachers Turn to Classroom Pets to Teach Social and Emotional Skills
An article published by EdSource Magazine discusses how classroom pets impact students by teaching social and emotional skills, such as self-awareness, self-management, responsibility and relationship building. The article, “With increased focus on students’ social and emotional skills, teachers turn to class pets to help lead the way,” showcases classroom activities around classroom pets and the impact they have on the students.
Science Says Your Pet Is Good for Your Mental Health
A recent article published by TIME Magazine discusses how scientific studies are showing the value of animals for improving health and well-being. The article, “Science Says Your Pet Is Good for Your Mental Health,” reviews some of the studies and the various effects different animals had on people. From rabbits helping reduce anxiety, to fish helping with focus, to guinea pigs helping with socializing, the article provides great insight into the impact animals can have in the classroom.
PETS IN THE CLASSROOM PHASE I FINDINGS REPORT
GATOR GATOR SECOND GRADER, CLASSROOM PET …OR NOT?
DOGS AND CATS HEAR MUCH, MUCH MORE
THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM
THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF AVICULTURE
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
There are alternatives to purchasing pets for your classroom. “Adoption” agencies are excellent places for finding that perfect classroom pet.