I chose to have ocean animal-themed desk pets, as we are still studying oceans.
Desk Pets are just like real pets. They need food, shelter, and exercise. I am using mini erasers for food and exercise and these great little boxes from Dollar Tree for shelters.
During Literacy Workstations, students met with me to fill out an adoption application. They took this activity very seriously.
The application asked for details such as the age of the desk pet, the potential name for the desk pet, and why the student would be a good owner. Then, students had to agree to:
-keep their pet in their provided home
-check-in on their pet each day they are at school
-always work hard in class to earn food, games, and decorations for their pet
-keep their desk clean.
The application was signed and dated….we’re very official here in kindergarten.
Then, they waited in anticipation as I reviewed each application overnight.
This morning during Literacy Workstations students were presented with their official certificates of adoption. There were big cheers all around!
After our math lesson, we had a few extra minutes for the students to read books from their book bins. I was delighted to see so many of the students reading aloud to their new desk pet.
In the days to come, students will keep a journal about their desk pets. I will also provide them with materials to make blankets and rugs for their pets. Some students are even incorporating their desk pets into their Choice Time activities! The possibilities are endless!