September 16, 2012

Meet our Class Pets!

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.
— John Muir

This year we are sharing our classroom with three additional creatures. Please allow me to introduce:

Blueberry is a Siamese Fighting Fish, also known as a beta fish. Blueberry is a male beta and prefers to live alone. This is Blueberry's third year as a classroom fish. He has been through fourth grade and fifth grade once already. This will be his second year of fifth grade. Blueberry's two favorite activities are hiding in his treasure chest or gently bobbing amongst the many varieties of plant flora found in his tank. Blueberry is a beautiful blue shade, hence the name, and sometimes scares Mrs. Tanksley by playing dead.


 Louise and Skid are Bearded Dragons. This is a breed of lizard originally from Australia, named so because of the spiky beard both male and females dragons have. Louise and Skid came to our classroom from Mrs. Tanksley's youngest sister, Taylor, who has more animals than any one person should have. Louise and Skid are previously uneducated and have shown a big interest so far in fifth grade curriculum. Mrs. Tanksley appreciates Skid's head bobbing while she is explaining things because even though the reseach says male head bobbing is way of showing dominance, Mrs. Tanksley believes it is because of Skid's agreement with her great instruction. While Skid is busy learning and displaying dominance, Louise tends to be more relaxed. Louise is blind but has excellent hearing. Our classroom is really enjoying caring for Louise and Skid and besides the incident which occurred on Thursday (evidence of which is still stained onto the carpet) Mrs. Tanksley is also very happy to have them.


1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on the new additions!

    Have you heard of the Pets in the Classroom grant? It provides funding to pre-k through 8th grade teachers to help purchase and maintain classroom pets. You should check it out!