Pets in the Classroom Launches Annual Lesson Plan Contest



The Pets in the Classroom grant program invites pre-kindergarten through 9th grade teachers to enter its fourth annual Lesson Plan Contest. Now through August 1, teachers can submit lesson plan ideas that center on the use of fish, reptiles and small animals in the classroom in the form of worksheets, photos, PowerPoint presentations, fliers or any written lesson plans. The winner of each category will receive a $100 gift card. The categories are: Small Animals/Birds (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-9), Reptile/Amphibian (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-9) and Aquarium/Fish (One each for PreK-2, 3-5, 6-9). The nine winners will be announced August 21.


Winners will be chosen based on the quality, creativity and depth of work submitted. The entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Progressive: Having the ability to communicate multiple topics or one topic across different depths of knowledge

Interactive: Having the students actively seek out and record their knowledge

Thorough: Lesson plan is complete with stated objectives and evaluation of results

Challenging: The students are pushed to expand their knowledge and pets are an integral part of the classroom curriculum


Select entries will once again be featured on the Pets in the Classroom website, allowing teachers to utilize and adapt lesson plans for their own use. The Pets in the Classroom grant program provides grants to pre-kindergarten through 9th grade teachers in both private and public schools for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining classroom pets.


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