My sister Julia is in 1st grade. In their classroom they have a stuffed animal named "Buster" that is their class pet. I found this interesting because several classrooms have stuffed animal pets. I want to figure out if having a stuffed animal pet will have the same benefits as having a live classroom pet. According to my sister it is enjoyable to get to take care of the classroom pet.
Buster gets to go home with a student for three days. The student is chosen at random (names are on popsicle sticks in a cup.) The student is expected to create a fun activity to do with Buster at home. The student takes pictures and writes up the experience in a journal. The student can also draw pictures in the journal.
Activities Done by the Class with Buster
Research QuestionsFrom this interview I have several more questions that would be good to pursue.
- Would having a stuffed class pet be similar in benefits to a live pet?
- Is it as enjoyable to have a stuffed classroom pet?
- Would students from the different grades respond similarly to a stuffed classroom pet?