October 6, 2017

Cereal Box Projects

Our first completed project is done! We incorporated writing, speaking and technology skills into designing a cereal box based on our life. Enjoy!

September 7, 2017

Pets in the Classroom

Our classroom is a participant in the Pets in the Classroom educational grant program. This is an educational program created by Pet Care Trust to provide students with the opportunity to interact, care for and nurture a pet.

There are many benefits to having a pet in the classroom. Studies have shown that pets in the classroom can improve students' emotional well being, boost school attendance, encourage nurturing, build self esteem, teach responsibility, become friends, bring in new ways to learn, and enrich the classroom experience.

Perseus Tanksley (Percy for short), our very cool bearded dragon and (not pictured) Ninja, our beautiful black beta fish 

This week we have been learning how to care for Ninja and Percy. Students love working right next to the tank, checking in on them throughout the day, and noticing all the little quirks that make them who they are. For example, Ninja won't eat when the lights are on. Percy listens when Mrs. Tanksley teaches math.

Our first read aloud of the year is Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo. It's a great story of a little girl whose life changes with the addition of a dog, named Winn-Dixie, to her family.

For more great books featuring animals: 

For more information on the benefits of pets in the classroom:

Percy's Complete Care Sheet