The Best Class Pets and the Worst to Keep in a Classroom

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  • Maxine Nolan

    I have a fish tank and two handraised budgies in my year 4 classroom. The budgies talk and over the year have learnt to say certain students' names. Because they are handraised they are very tame and we take them out most days. They are an excellent way to engage students and the rule is that they must be read to every day. Students are responsible for all care (except cleaning the bottom of the cage). They also feed the fish and turn the tank light on. Students who are stressed or in a meltdown enjoy sitting watching the fish and trying to count the many babies. I can't imagine not having some sort of classroom pet. (Students don't take the pets home because the birds are ultimately my responsibility and their families didn't sign up for birds, plus they would be devastated if an accident happened while the bird was with them.)

    • Cassie (Teach Starter)

      Hi Maxine, It sounds like you've found the perfect balance between having classroom pets that your students benefit from engaging with, and that you can care for over the weekends and holidays. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! Regards, Cassie

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