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This article describes the safety and responsibility issues that come with using animals in the classroom.
I recommend this article to all teachers that have or are considering having animals in their classroom. After keeping animals in my classroom for more than a decade, I have found that there is an increased awareness for safety and responsibility that the teacher must be aware of. This article addresses these issues fully. It discusses NSTA's position for both live and dissection animals in the classroom, what to consider before introducing animals into the classroom, brings to the attention that there may be local health regulations that need to be addressed, parent notification forms about the animals that the students wold come in contact with, and discusses students with potential allergies to animals. Also included in this article is a basic chart, listing Types of Organisms, Level of Care, and Potential Problems. And it includes ( in the reference section) several excellent websites for additional information. Even if you have had animals in your classroom in the past, this article is one you still want to read.
Sue Garcia (Spicewood, TX)
I want to bring an animal in to my room be a classroom pet! That sounds so simple, but it isn’t! This article gives a thorough explanation of all laws, allergies, poisons, etc. that need to be considered before having animals in the classroom. A must read for all teachers planning to have live animals in their classroom.
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)
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