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ERIC Number: EJ1039616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Safety First: Feather, Feet, and Fin Safety in the Classroom
Roy, Ken
Science and Children, v52 n1 p72-74 Sep 2014
Pet birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals--all are often found in elementary classrooms because of the wide variety of opportunities they provide for exciting teaching and learning experiences. Applications of the opportunities these organisms can provide is reflected in the "NGSS" Life Science progression of disciplinary core ideas, specifically LS1.A, Structure and Function: "All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water, and air" and LS1.B, Growth and Development of Organisms: "In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive" (NGSS Lead States 2013). Although a popular addition to the classroom, pet adoption comes with safety and responsibility issues. The NSTA position statement "Responsible Use of Live Animals and Dissection In the Science Classroom" notes, "NSTA encourages districts to ensure that animals are properly cared for and treated humanely, responsibly, and ethically. Ultimately, decisions to incorporate animals in the classroom should balance the ethical and responsible care of animals with their educational value." The position paper recommends that teachers "educate themselves about the safe and responsible use of animals in the classroom. Teachers should seek information from reputable sources and familiarize themselves with laws and regulations in their state." In this article the author shares things to consider when bringing animals into the classroom as well as resources for caring for them, with student and animal safety in mind.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A