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I Need More Bugs!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The bug catalog is here! (I felt like Steve Martin when he got his new phone book.) Anyway, I finally got the biological supply catalog that I had requested and now it's time to put in an order for...roaches! No, not cockroaches, Madagascar hissing roaches!

I've had a colony in my classroom since 1997. For years they procreated but now their numbers are dwindling. It's time to add some "fresh blood" to the mix. They're pretty pricey--around $10 each!

Ewww! You say. Most of my students say, "Cool!" They love having the responsibility of feeding and watering them. The roaches are so prehistoric looking. I can just imagine them walking about with dinosaurs.

We study food chains, metamorphosis, and life cycles so these bugs fit into my curriculum. They don't sting, bite, pinch, or fly. They bear their young live. They hiss. They are fun, as creepy crawlers go.

I love having classroom pets. (fish and guinea pigs, too) What about you? Do you have pets in your classroom? Leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you!
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    That said, I have a couple kids who have them at home (third/fourth graders!) so we don't need to have them in my classroom!!

    We started the year with two african water frogs, Kermit and Robin. Kermit croaked first...belly up one morning...and then a lesson on partial sums killed Robin...

    I think I will go back to having a rat :P Isis was easy. Feed her, clean the cage, play with her and let her sit on my shoulder. :P
    1971 days ago
    When I had a classroom I had a fish every year, usually a betta. Because the first time I bought the tank someone made a label that said "Dr. Evil" every year the fish was named Dr. Evil
    1987 days ago
    You're great, but I think I would be kind of grossed out! emoticon However, they definitely look better than cockroaches.
    1997 days ago
    The kids would think it's cool, me not so much. One year the K teacher ordered caterpillars and shared with our Gr. 1,2,3 class so we all got to watch them cocoon and change into butterflies...
    2001 days ago
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    We've had hermit crabs (one for each student), ants, and two tadpoles that never changed. No pets this year.
    2001 days ago
    Those bugs sound interesting, but no, I don't and never have had pets in the classroom.
    2002 days ago
    I am not big into bugs, but my daughter is curious about nature. They had some caterpillars that turned into butterflies. They have a tree named "Matthew". I'm not sure what else is in her classroom now. She's a first grader.

    There is a woman in Belchertown I think that does children's programs. Her business is called "Teaching Creatures". We have seen her a few times, but I wouldn't want to have pet bugs in my house. I think we can stick with the fish and frogs that we have.
    2002 days ago
    They resemble a honey bee body minus wings from the photo. I love nature & my G - boys would certainly love these in thier classroom. What an awe inspiring teacher you are! :)
    2002 days ago
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