Saturday, February 18, 2012

Invaded by nature...

I've mentioned before that I teach next door to a tarantula (not my teaching partner- although a nature girl, she's completely human!).  There are turtles and lizards in addition to the arachnid named Bob (even though she's a female).  After quite a few threatening persuasive opinion letters from my students, I added to our classroom...

I had 3 hermit crabs in our classroom, but they all seemed to have died in the first three months of school.  I don't know why.  They may have sensed my malcontent with their existence.  They are the lamest pets EVER!  They do nothing during the day, but hide in their shell.  Not conducive to a classroom.  When I had them at home, they cruised around and drove my cats crazy.  Whatever.  Anyway, slowly they died off.  I neglected to tell my class.  I know, I know... I'm an awful teacher.  I should have harnessed the teachable moment and had them write about their feelings or something.  Frankly, I was trying to teach them to read and that took precedent over the dead crabs.  (Can I say that I'm not really heartless?)  Fast forward to a few weeks ago... one of my sweeties (also happens to be nature girl's son) asked why our hermit crabs are so inactive when the one's in the store were climbing and having fun.  Ummm..... I couldn't lie to those big blue eyes.  I broke the news to the whole class.  There were no tears.  Weird.  They cried when I read Dear Juno last week.

Nature girl sent out an invite to take on two red-bellied toads (with full aquarium set up).  I jumped on it and it was delivered on Thursday.  Do have I have to tell you how much we accomplished that morning?  Nada!  They are SO AWESOME!  I freaked them out by trying to take photos, but here is a few of my little desk/zoo I have goin' on.

I don't actually sit at my desk very often (unless I'm searching Pinterest during prep for more ideas!), so I figured it was as good as spot as any in the room.  I also bought some new hermit crabs to fill the empty glass box... notice they are just laying there- lame.  :)

I must say, it was very soothing to hear the waterfall during readers and writers workshop, just softly, along with the instrumental music that I play.  I draw the line at rodents and arachnids- persona nan grada, Bob!


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    1. Thanks for stoping by! I'm your newest follower :) I'm looking forward to reading your past posts and catching up. Have a great week!

  2. I am not a nature girl either and hermit crabs are creepy to me. They would have to stay with the trantula next door. My son is a nature guy and spent all of his Christmas and Birthday money on a dwarf hamster. It is fun to watch him run around in his cage. There is this small ball thing he fits into to run around the house it. I use it to catch him when I need him out of the cage. I refuse to hold him. Then clean the cage and but it back. Plus it is super easy to clean and maintain. Cost is minimal as well.

    Good luck with your pets!
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

    1. Thanks for the info, Misty. I don't know if I could handle a hamster.... too close to a rat. I know there is a HUGE difference, but I'm quirky that way :) My boys at home are trying to talk me into one and I keep blaming the 2 cats- God forbid it gets out and gets eaten!

      I'm checking your blog out now. So glad to meet you!

  3. I just found your blog (from schoolgirl style - I think), and this post had me laughing out loud. Your writing has great voice, and you seem like the type of teacher I could really get along with. Looking forward to reading more!