Take the Test! Questions to Ask Before You Get a Classroom Pet
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Is a classroom pet right for my class?
Questions to ask before you get a classroom pet.
|1||Why do I want a classroom pet? Can I meet my educational objectives without bringing a live animal into the classroom?|
|2||Do I have the necessary skills to be the prime carer for this animal? What do I need to learn in advance?|
|3||Do my students have the self-control and maturity to safely and humanely handle an animal? What would I need to teach them in advance?|
|4||Does my classroom have an appropriate space for securing caging,away from heavy traffic areas? Will this area support housing with adequate space, hiding areas, sunlight, shade and the correct temperature?|
|5||Am I able to provide good food, blankets, toys, bowls, chewing materials, grooming equipment and other necessary supplies (depending on the species) on a regular basis?|
|6||Am I willing to pay for routine and emergency veterinary care?|
|7||Can I provide a pet with adequate opportunities for exercise, attention and gentle handling?|
|8||Am I prepared to include the pet in my school’s emergency evacuation plan?|
|9||Is there a potential risk that the animal could cause injury or transmit disease to a child? Will by school accept liability?|
|10||Do any of my students’ parents object to having an animal in the classroom?|
|11||Am I prepared to deal with students’ questions or grief if the animal becomes ill or dies?|
|12||Can I guarantee this pet will enjoy its legal (and moral) right to the Five Freedoms:
– freedom from hunger and thirst
– freedom from discomfort
– freedom from pain, injury or disease
– freedom to express normal behaviour
– freedom from fear and distress
Material adapted from material published in For the Birds!, – Activities to Replace Chick Hatching in the K – 6 Classroom, NAHEE, 1998 (the youth education division of the Humane Society of America). Teachers are encouraged to reproduce this material for distribution to other teachers. Reproduction for sale or publication is prohibited.