There's no better way to teach responsibility than to have a classroom pet! If you're wondering if you should get one for your students, this unit will help you plan, teach and learn throughout your animal friend's stay with you and your students. I've included many components that make this pet unit very well rounded, as there are literacy, writing, science, and math activities provided.
More specifically, you'll find the following in this unit:
~I Wanna Iguana (picture book) Mini-Unit! Usually I'd sell this section separately, but it correlates nicely with the overall pet theme! Included are vocabulary word cards and a student vocab journal. I've also provided you with comprehension task cards for the picture book, perfect for an informal assessment!
~I Wanna Pet, Poetry Big Book: This original poem relates to the picture book also and discusses a child trying to decide which pet to get. Students will love the funny ending! There is also a student reader to go along with the full-page, color big book.
~Kids Guide to Taking Care of... Students will create a "How-to" guide of taking care of the same animal as your pet. This is a great way to assess if the students are aware of all the responsibilities they'll have with a classroom pet.
~Class Graph with student labels/cards; great for math tie-in!
~Zoo Crew Necklaces and Badges: These are for the students assigned to care for the animal, to wear. Very colorful and provides an authority and responsibility opportunity with taking care of an animal.
~Interactive Notebook foldables and books. Students will look at some cause and effect issues relating to not caring correctly for a pet. These can also be glued into a folded sheet of large construction paper, instead of a notebook. Another great informal assessment piece of the unit!
~Take Home Journal: If you should choose to send the pet home over the weekend/holidays, students can fill out this classroom journal about their stay with the pet in their home. Perfect for making family/school connections!
~Lastly, there are two enrichment centers that can be done in small groups or partners. The centers have the students sorting responsible and irresponsible actions while having a classroom pet. There are real photos of pets for the kids to examine also. Recording sheets are included for accountability reasons.
You will love this colorful and useful unit that will set the stage for having a classroom pet. Introduce at the beginning of the year and use all the components throughout the year. Please see the preview for a glimpse at this cute and purposeful unit!