What animals do you see in our classroom on a daily?
Do squirrels live in our classroom?
How awesome would it be to have a big panda bear that cuddles you all day long in the classroom?
What animals are in the classroom? The different animals that are in our classrooms are either pets or cold outside and crawled into the classroom. Like this chinchilla is it a classroom pet? There are many different roles in having classroom pets. When having a classroom pet you need to feed it and water it and love it daily. You will have to change it pan/ cage.
How do you figure out if the animal is a pet or is a random animal that is just cold? The way you can normally tell is if the animal is big they are usually a classroom pet. Some examples would be bunnies, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and mice. You can even have small animals, but you wouldn't really want them as pets. A good example of this would be butterflies. Another example of this would be ants. When Having ants, they would be considered coming in because it is cold and they like where it is warm. You would find out how to tell the difference by learning about it in science in class. Some websites you can use to learn about this in class would be https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals, https://www.neok12.com/Animals-Wildlife.htm, and https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/animals.html. These websites can be used to help tell about the animals and then you will have to decided if they are a pet in the classroom or are they a outsider coming in?
The way I can evaluate this in my class is by taking a worksheet that has the animals that they learned about in a video or game and having it be a cutout worksheet. So they are doing a matching game to make sure they learned if it is a pet or an outsider. I would also evaluate this by when we go on a field trip to the zoo and see if they can tell me what animal is supposed to stay and what can come to the classroom. I would also evaluate it by having them bring in stuffed animals of the animals that they consider pets. I would do a lot of hands-on evaluation with this task.
I am glad that you have learned about the different animals and where they belong. I am also glad that you learned which ones belong outside and why they belong outside.
By Julie Watts
EDU214 Preparing Teachers to Use Technology, Nevada State College
Kindergarten/ First Grade