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Posted by dana on November 08, 1998 at 20:30:11:
In Reply to: Herps in School posted by Mike on October 14, 1998 at 08:49:02:
hi! i'm a 4/5th grade teacher in east la. have leopard geckos, chinese water dragons, bearded dragons, garter snakes, anoles, an iguana, red eared sliders...
i have my students (at the end of the year, after we have studies life cycles, meal worms, crickets, food chains and webs, biology, responsiblity, etc.) choose their favorite animal. they then do a research report on it with their team (of 2 or 3). we then present our animals (much like a zoo) to the rest of the school- they come in and tour the classroom (which has been specially designed for the day with home-made educational posters depicting food chains, facts about reptiles, facts about amphibians, specific facts about the animals in the room, etc.) the kids even tie dye their t-shirts so they match and look professional.
my students take care of the animals all year,too- feeding, cleaning, etc. feel free to email me for more info!
: I'm glad this forum is up. I requested it about a week ago and for it to be up this soon, others must have requested it also.
: I am a longtime snake keeper (I am thirtysomething)and can create some decent, aesthetically pleasing cages, so housing them in the classroom is no problem. I will graduate from college in just over a year and plan on teaching science related classes and having many herps in the classroom. What I would like to get out of this site is what works and what doesn't work in the classroom. Having herps in the classroom is great, but I want students to do more than just look at them and say, "Wow! That looks great!." I want them to be able to get more out of the experience. I look forward to hearing from teachers who have had experience (good and bad) in the classroom with herps. I hope to hear about how to deal with administration in this matter, liability problems, how to integrate the animals with lessons, etc....
: I hope this forum gets a lot of response once people find out about it.