My classroom would never be complete without animals. We've certainly tried them all out, and I have my preferences. Each of my classroom pets have been extremely friendly and kind with the students-it's my belief that when you shower an animal with love and snuggling, it will give it right back. Animals are also a great way to allow students a pet if their parents won't allow one at home, and can be used as therapy for students who many need to touch and talk to the animals when going through tough times. Use the information below to educate yourself on the care and expectations of each species.
Fish-My preference is goldfish: I always have two in a bowl on my desk. I had a beta this year, and it's currently in our kitchen. I just don't find them as active and friendly. We recently had an aquarium donated to the room from PetSmart (it's amazing what stores will give you if you simply ask). Below are instructions for an aquarium if you find one at a garage sale or get one donated.
Aquarium Set-Up Guide
Chicks-We had an incubator donated to our classroom through Donors Choose, and our eggs did not hatch. Hopefully we do better next year. If you can find an incubator, or even if you can make one, the instructions are below.