A Classroom "Pet"as a Window to the World

Have a (I prefer "non-living") classroom pet that can travel home or abroad with students and/or friends/family of students.

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These "pets" as windows to the world are an opportunity for students to explore the world with fresh eyes and to become close observers.  By seeing things thorough the "pet's" eyes, it also helps students to view things with another's perspective.   Students can document the "pet's" adventures through blog, journals, instagram, etc... A map of where this pet has traveled can also be kept.  

Meet my original class pet... Randy the Rubber Chicken who in various forms traveled to every continent on the globe and almost made it to space!!!

How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?

"Pets," unknown travels, adventuring with a buddy... what's not to be curious about???

What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?

  • All of the above

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I was gifted a rubber killer whale (preferred term: orca) for my classroom, and it didn't take long before I started to see it travel around the room from desk to desk. I learned a lot about my students, actually, and it inspired some fun conversations. But your idea really takes it to the next level!