So, did you give your pet(s) some extra love earlier this week? Officially, February 20th is Love Your Pet Day. However if you have a pet or two or three, you know Love Your Pet Day is every day—even when your beloved pooch helps herself to a loaf of bread left on the kitchen counter or your sweet kitty sinks her super-sharp claws into your brand new sweater.
My best friend teaches fourth grade and she always has a tale or two about the class pets her next-door teaching colleague and friend keeps. This year he has baby turtles, which she describes as adorable. This was not how she described the hissing cockroaches or the escape-artist crayfish from previous years. Fortunately the hissers stayed put. The crayfish, on the other hand, was quite the escape artist. Cleverly, the crustacean waited until the room was quiet. Then, quite skillfully, it crept out of its tank. Its first exploration was aborted by a savage scream from the teacher across the hall. Later escapes became more commonplace. Eventually a tight-fitting lid kept the crayfish corralled.
The next time you’re in need of a pet-themed worksheet, center, game, or activity, be sure to visit themailbox.com. You’ll find bunches of options. A “pet” search yields over 300 choices! You can also search by a specific type of pet; though I can’t guarantee a plethora of results for hissing cockroaches or crayfish.
Who has a pet story to share? I’m all ears!
PS: Our pal Peppa Pig has super-cute activities for teaching students about empathy–plus some very cool prizes for teachers. Take a peek here.