By Pet Age Staff//October 19, 2023//
By: Pet Age Staff//October 19, 2023//
Press release: The Pet Care Trust
The Pets in the Classroom grant program recently announced the winners of its 7th Annual Lesson Plan Contest.
The contest invited pre-kindergarten through 9th grade teachers to submit lesson plans that centered on the use of fish, reptiles and small animals in the classroom.
Teachers could submit lesson plans in the following categories: Small Animals/Birds (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-9), Reptile/Amphibian (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-9), Aquarium/Fish (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-9), and Dogs (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-9).
The winners are:
Small Animal/Birds – Grades PreK-2:
Cardinal Elementary School
Small Animal/Birds – Grades 3-5:
Holly Grove Elementary
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Small Animal/Birds – Grades 6-9:
Monroe Career Technical Institute
Reptile/Amphibian – Grades Pre-K – 2:
Citizens of the World Charter School – East Valley
Valley Village, California
Reptile/Amphibian – Grades 3 – 5:
Reptile/Amphibian – Grades 6 – 9:
Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Aquarium/Fish – Grades PreK – 2
Aquarium/Fish – Grades 3 – 5
Greensboro, North Carolina
Aquarium/Fish – Grades 6-9
Most Blessed Sacrament School
Dogs – PreK – 2
Winners were chosen based on quality, creativity, and depth of work submitted. The entries were evaluated based on the following criteria:
The winner of each category received a $100 gift card. Their lesson plans are featured on the Pets in the Classroom website, allowing teachers to utilize and adapt lesson plans for their own use in their classroom.
Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to Pre-Kindergarten through 9th grade teachers in both private and public schools to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The Dogs in the Classroom program, in partnership with Pet Partners and other leading national therapy dog organizations, strives to bring well-trained and thoroughly screened therapy animal teams to select schools in an effort to improve the health and well-being of students. The programs were established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.
Classroom animals are wonderful resources for teachers that, when incorporated into lesson plans, can have a profound impact. Classroom pets not only provide excitement in the classroom, but they also benefit students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond. Studies as well as teachers’ experiences have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self-esteem.
Click here for more information on the Pets in the Classroom grant program or the Lesson Plan Contest.