I’m having some thoughts about getting a “real” classroom pet this next year. I’m thinking chameleon, mainly because they are just so darn cool and cute with their eyeballs roamin around in different directions, but also because every teacher’s idol, THE Mrs.Frizz, had one. We have a “no fur, no feathers” policy, so that sort of eliminates something like a guinea pig (which are sooo cute, but man, I do not want to clean that kind of a cage). We had stickbugs last year, but they ended up dying off by the time the end of the year rolled around….but we had a blasty blast at the beginning! Leave me a comment! I’d love to hear about your experience! What are your thoughts on class pets? Yay or nay? Reasons? Specific types that are hgh maintenance (not my style) or super-easy (sooo me)? Do tell.
Here’s my Throwback Thursday in case you weren’t a follower…(you probably weren’t, because it was my first post EVER!):
Original Post from 2/15/2013
Ladies and gents….we have STICKBUGS!!! The kiddos were so excited to get class pets! There was a lady looking to get rid of some (she had over 100 of the lil buggers) and I jumped at the opportunity to take a few for the class. Talk about the easiest class pet EVER. You “water” them by making sure they have a drop of water to suck on, and feed them a leaf (good thing we have a salad bar at school!). Other than that, there’s not much else. EEAZY PEEZY. I already have a family who will take them over the summer and give them back in the fall. YES! So, of course we had to name them. I decided this would be a great opportunity to learn a little more about majority rules. We brainstormed as many name themes we could (after shooting down regular names like Chloe and Chase, which were oddly popular?). In the end, it came down to Star Wars, Looney Tunes, or Disney characters. It was a close call and I know you’re on the edge of your seat right now wondering which one they chose…so it was Looney Tunes! Without further adieu, welcome Sylvester, Tweety, Bugs Bunny (name pun…my fave!), Wile E. Coyote, Roadrunner, Daffy, Speedy Gonzalez and Elmer Fudd!
And how to turn this into a literacy activity you ask? Of course we had to write friendly letters (something we’ve been working on this winter) welcoming them! I stuck them in a binder to keep next to them. The letters are so stinkin’ cute! Here are some of the highlights from a few letters-
“We will say hello to you guys every day. We will welcome you. Maybe I will bring letis (lettuce) for you guys. You are the second class pets I have had and I want to keep it that way. What noise do you make? Do you make babys all the time? Do you like the stickbug song? Do you like songs at all?”
Another-“I like you because you are the cute one. At this perticular school we have srten rules. Like no chewing gum or be quite in the hallways. In my class it’s really nice. Sun somtimes comes through the windows. Daffy your the best bug ie’ve ever known.”
And one more- “I am glad that you are here! I ben expeting a class pet at the beging of the year and finaly got one.”
Too funny. So, with all fun things in a classroom comes setting up some expectations….the rules
of course. We brainstormed some ways to be respectful, responsible,
safe and kind. Here’s what we came up with:
Also this week was Valentine’s Day (we were in parent teacher conferences for it, so we celebrated a day before). I did these Valentine Portraits last year and thought it was such a cool way to personalize them and make them special. I made one for each kid using a template I found (a student that used it to do his classmate’s). Here’s what they look like after you draw noses, eyes, ears, hair and accessories and color it all in (I use colored pencils):
And too cute not to share is my own funny Valentine! Come on…don’t you just want to just peeeench his cheeks (which is how he earned the nickname, Cheeks)!