Ideas for National Pet Week in the Classroom
Interactive suggestions for teachers
©2004 Melissa Kaplan
If you haven't already had animal visitors bring animals and information to your students this school year, National Pet Week, typically occurring during the first week or two of May, might be a good time to do so.
Free lance educators have a wide range of animals, not all of which are comfortably held by very small students. Younger students also don't quite have a grasp on imagining how big something is, or how heavy, or uncomfortably textured. Like, an adult green iguana.
Some ideas to give kids a feel for how big and heavy and scratchy igs can be:
This can be done with a much longer length of yarn, long enough to represent other reptiles that people find grow much bigger (and much faster) than they anticipated, such as Burmese pythons (20 feet, 150-200 lb.), and Sulcata tortoises (30", 110 lb.). For comparison, make some yarn analogs for better choices in pet reptiles, such as the ball python (4 feet) and bearded dragon (20 inches).
Students can do things like:
(*My new favorite easy baby blanket, which works well for just about any pet that likes to curl up on top of or under their own blankie, is a simple increase-decrease blanket.)
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