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Teaching responsibility with a class pet

A class pet is a perfect way to help teach responsibility – the children not only have to remember to do all of the tasks associated with taking care of the pet, but they also have to be cautious when handling the pet.  Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy to have a class pet these days, there are health and safety regulations, allergies, and insurance issues to worry about.  Even if you can’t have a class pet, there are other ways to encourage responsibility in the classroom, here are some ideas:

Have a stuffed animal pet like Julie from A First for Everything
Grow plant people like the Red Headed Hostess
Make pet rocks like these from Ashley’s Grace
Create a worm farm, pets and science project in one! From A Few Short Cuts 
The best thing about many of these options is that each child can have their own fake pet or plant to care for, so it can be a group project that gives each child their own individual responsibilities. 

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