Saturday, August 27, 2011

This summer, I was trying to find the easiest classroom pet to take care of. I have had a hamster named Bear that passed away, a Guinea pig named Daisy that now lives with a fellow teammate, hermit crabs that both died, and fish (which I still have). Needless to say, I wanted something that would be the easiest to take care of. While conducting my "research," I came across a pet grant for teachers. You can find it You can be awarded $150. I went to Petsmart with my friend Jacque, who also got the pet grant. We asked lots of questions and decided that aquatic turtles were what we had to have. I spent about $40 out of my own pocket, which is great considering I would have spent about $200 without the grant. I got a girl turtle who I named Tina. She has been a lot of fun to watch and EXTREMELY easy to take care of. She does not like to get out of the water to basque in the light when people are in the room, but the other day I came in and this is what I found.

I think she's pretty cute and the kids seem to really like her and be super interested in her. This week as one of my literacy stations I am going to have Tina as a station. That way the kids can check her out at an appropriate time. They can also look at turtle books and draw pictures of her if they'd like.

1 comment:

  1. I was just approved for this grant I also asked for the Aquatic Turtle. I see it says I will get a coupon for the habitat and supplies and I will need to pay 1/2 for the live animal. I just wonder what is included in the habitat and supplies?