I'm joining in with the five blogs below who are hosting a fun new linky and giveaway ...
Do you have a pet in your classroom? Well, then you already know how those extra expenses add up!
There are so many wonderful things that our students can learn by caring for a classroom pet, but food, hygiene, and even the occasional vet's visit can sure take a toll on the budget!
Do you know that there's money available to help? I'd like to tell you about Pets in the Classroom, a non-profit, charitable, public foundation. The foundation is funded by donations from individuals, pet industry companies, industry associations, corporate sponsors, and other foundations. Although I don't have personal experience with this, the grant process seems to be very straightforward: one grant per teacher per year, and you find out if you're approved in just 3-4 weeks!
Seven kinds of grants are offered:
The site also has free downloadable care sheets for animals ranging from dwarf gerbils to leopard geckos. They're written for 4th or 5th grade, but we all know that a piece of highly motivating material will often be attacked and mastered by many students who technically aren't at that reading level yet. Just display them near where your classroom pet resides for some instant non-fiction text practice!
If you need to convince your administrator that having a pet is a beneficial and ... dare I say it ... even a Common Core-justifiable practice, Pets in the Classroom has this print-out for you.
There's even a link at the site for a quick and easy way to tell your friends about this program ... click here to "tell a teacher"!
To celebrate this fun linky party, this 120 chart game set featuring cute pet graphics by Kari Bolt will be half price at my TpT store during the three days of the Teacher's Pet Linky and Giveaway. This pack includes three games for counting up and back by tens and ones on the 120 chart, plus two addition and subtraction maze activities that are perfect for independent work, homework, center accountability, or even assessment. Regularly $3.50, now $1.75!
It's time to share the puppy love with a freebie! Kids love pups and kitties, so here's a pack of games that will keep them happy and learning! This set includes a blank game board for you to use with your own flash cards, plus the two completed ones you see here, ready for your kinders and firsties to use! Just click here or on any of the images below to get your freebie!
So, getting back to pet expenses, it's time for our giveaway! Here's a great opportunity to win some money to buy some more kibble (or a spring purse, or maybe a denim jacket... or maybe all of them, if you're a great shopper!).
All of the bloggers linked below have contributed to this great big prize - enter via the rafflecopter here, and best of luck to you! Then be sure to click on the blogs listed below for more pet posts, linkies, and more.
a Rafflecopter giveaway