A BUNNY IN A HAYSTACK (Episode
When Emily brings the
class bunny home, Clifford, Cleo and T-bone learn what a big responsibility
it is to take care of a pet!
Big Idea: Be Responsible
Taking care of a classroom pet can spark conversations about the needs
of animals and the importance of taking responsibility. These discussions
- science and discovery skills
- life skills and social literacy
Talk about what it
means to have responsibility. Together, come up with a list of ways
the child is or can be responsible. For example, you might start the
list with: "Keeping my room clean," or "Taking care of
my toys." Talk about whether the child is ready for the responsibility
of taking care of a pet. What are daily events that would need to take
place? What do pets need that humans must provide?
Puppets not only capture the imagination of children, but they also
help children improve their manual dexterity and coordination. Help
your child make puppets out of old socks, fabric scraps, yarn scraps,
buttons, and glue. Place a sock around the child's hand, and mark the
position of eyes, nose, and hair. Sew or glue buttons on for eyes and
draw in a nose. Glue scraps of yarn on for hair. Then put on a puppet
With a Group:
If you don't already have a group pet, or think that you're ready for
another one, have your class democratically decide what the pet should
be. Start by brainstorming a list of potential candidates, such as,
a guinea pig, hamster, rat, lizard, or fish.
Next divide the group into smaller groups of equal size. Assign an
animal to each group, and have them do their own research. For each
animal, have the groups come up with a list of what, how often, and
how much the animal eats, its living and sleeping habits, and the best
ways to raise them as pets.
With all the information gathered, your group will be able to make
an educated choice about your next pet!