Animals in Education

Classroom Pets and Live Animal Study

 

Guardianship and Care of Classroom Pets

While classroom pets can offer a unique and wonderful opportunity to teach children the joy of caring for companion animals, they are also a significant responsibility.  Before making the decision to obtain a classroom pet, we urge you to consider every aspect of responsible animal guardianship.

 

Classroom Pets: the Humane Way

 

Care and Housing

 

Sample School Policy

 

Live Animal Studies

To best encourage compassion and respect for all animals, including wildlife, live animal studies should be limited to the observation of animals in their natural environment.  Observation offers a variety of opportunities for engaging curious young minds in scientific inquiry.

 

Philosophy of Live Animal Studies

 

Classroom Chick Hatching Projects

 

The Use of Animals in Science Fairs

 

Animal Care and Use Committees