Pets. Pets in the Classroom is a new grants program supporting responsible
pet care in U.S. grammar school classrooms. Pets can change kids’ lives for the
better, and a classroom is a great place to become acquainted with animals.
Raising-Rabbits has received no compensation for this review of the Pets
in the Classroom program. We checked out their materials, liked what we
saw, and encourage teachers of grades 1-6 to take advantage of this
very positive program.
Kids benefit from exposure to pets in the classroom in ways that help to shape their lives for years to come. Pets encourage nurturing, help build self esteem, teach responsibility and pets become friends!
The goal of Pets in the Classroom is to
establish healthy child-pet relationships at an early age by supporting
responsible pet care in grammar and middle school classrooms across the
Many public school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals. That's why The Pet Care Trust sponsors Pets in the Classroom, helping teachers keep pets in their classrooms through direct, no-hassle grants. Grants are offered to public school kindergarten through sixth grade classes.
Applying is easy. Fill in the online form, submit it, and
within 7 business days you should hear back with a decision. If you qualify,
you'll receive a coupon sent directly to you for the support of your pet in the
classroom project. That’s all there is to it.
Why have a Classroom Pet?
The opportunity to positively impact the lives of children
through pets is almost unquantifiable.
Pets Enrich The Classroom Experience
Even kids with no exposure to animals or
nature in their home environment can see, feel, touch and make connections to
the wide world of animals.
Observing and caring for an animal instills a sense
of responsibility and respect for life.
A pet brings increased sensitivity and awareness
of the feelings and needs of others—both animals and humans.
Kids learn that all living things need more than
just food and water for survival.
Students will see directly how their behavior and
actions affect others.
Studies show that the presence of animals tends to
reduce tension in the classroom.
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Use Classroom Pets to Enhance Students’ Math
What a great way to illustrate the relevance of math in
daily life, no matter the eventual career path!
Each child can measure the classroom
pet’s height and weight
Figure out the findings in centimeters, inches and
Follow the pet’s health by taking and graphing
daily (or repeated) measurements
Utilize multiple types of charts and graphs
Children can then compare their findings with each
Use Pets in the classroom to Enhance the Study of
Use the pet as a model of anatomy and
various body parts (minus the scalpel, of course)
Cultivate the budding ‘scientist’ by letting the
child record observations about their pet’s daily habits.
They can make hypotheses and predictions about how
the pet will change over time.
The in-school pet makes a great springboard to
subjects such as geography, oceanography, biology, and herpetology.
No matter the species of classroom pet, pets make learning
fun and interactive, often creating fresh interest in even tough subjects.
Use Pets in the Classroom to Enhance Students’
Writing and English Skills
Students can use the Library to find
information and stories about animals just like their school pet.
Students can write stories about their pet
Students can write a daily journal entry about the
pet’s life in the classroom, or how the student is relating to or appreciating
Enhance Creativity and Art with Pets in the
Create a collage of pictures and facts
about the pet species
Draw pictures of the classroom pet using various
media, from crayons to acrylics.
Enhance Public Speaking Skills with Classroom
Public Speaking can be one of those life-long phobias that
rank right up there with fear of death, even in adults. But when it comes to
pets, especially pets that youngsters have bonded with, cared for and feel
accomplishment about, kids like to talk and share. Giving the students the non-frightening
opportunity to present their scientific findings about their pets, their
stories, and their artwork to their classmates could possibly demystify public
speech for the rest of the student’s life.
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Caring for another living creature is an important way to
build kindness and empathy, which every human being needs. Additionally, some
of the students might already be hot-wired with an affinity for animals. These
could be budding veterinarians, ranchers, farmers, or scientists. Pets in the Classroom is a great way to give a healthy and supervised
start to kids who just need the exposure to discover their true calling in
Kids can be responsible for weekly cage
They can take turns handling the pet.
They can be responsible for daily feeding of the
They will learn consistent, gentle behavior
They will learn to think ahead and anticipate the
needs of the animal, providing food, water and care before the animal actually
experiences the need.
Different Types of Good School
All of these animals make cool classroom pets:
Rabbits (of course!)
Gerbils, and more!
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Are you interested in getting a pet for your classroom?
Check it out. Then apply for your own no-hassle Pets in the
Classroom grant and receive up to $150 to help defray your costs.
The good news is - Raising-Rabbits.com provides a wealth of
free information to help you and the children take good care of your classroom
pets. It's also a tremendous resource that the children can use to safely
research any rabbit-related science projects!
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