Meet…… SPOT! {Our Class Pet}

 

Spot

Spot

Hi Spot! Look at that fact, those eyes, that nose 🙂

Spot is our first grade pet. He spends all day with us. He reads with us….

Read to self time!

Read to self time!

He works with us…..

Working with Spot

Working with Spot

He sits with us when we listen on the carpet…..

Can you "spot" Spot?

Can you “spot” Spot?

He even stands in line with kids who are ready to walk in the hall!

About to go on a walk!

About to go on a walk!

Walks are Spot’s favorite 🙂

So how does this work? And WHY do we have Spot in the room?

For starters, one day after  recess time, we came back into the room to find a box waiting for us.

What could be inside?

What could be inside?

The kids were so excited. Where did this come from? What could be inside?

The box came with a letter, explaining to the class that since they’d been working so hard on following the rules, there was a special friend inside the box to help us continue to be good characters. The kids guessed all different types of animals, from hamsters and fish to tigers and bunnies.

When we opened the box- we saw our doggy friend!

Ah!

Ah!

He's so cute!

He’s so cute!

We loved him instantly!

We loved him instantly!

Already friends!

Already friends!

The kids loved him instantly. They passed him around, shushing each other because they knew he was just a baby and was probably nervous 🙂

We voted on names, and while Max and Precious were close seconds……. Spot was the name winner!

So why do we have Spot?

Class Pet Pack

Class Pet Pack

Click here to find the above pack at my TpT store

{I created the above pack to help explain and provide all of the things you’d need to have the same class pet experience in your classroom}

The main reason we have Spot in our classroom is to help us learn, remember, and practice being good characters. Spot helps us remember to be responsible, trustworthy, honest, and hard working.

I introduce each one of these traits, as related to Spot. How can we treat Spot responsibly? How can we be trustworthy with Spot? Why do we need to be honest about Spot? How can we show we are hard workers with Spot?

By tying those traits into our interactions with Spot, it gives the kids a real life example. Instead of just talking about it, we model how to be responsible while petting him. We model how to be trustworthy playing with Spot, even if the teacher isn’t looking. We model how to be honest about things we do with Spot. We model how when we work hard, Spot wants to sit with us.

Then the magic happens. Instead of just portraying those traits with Spot, they also portray them with each other.

AND THIS SERIOUSLY WORKS! I’ve never heard my kids same things like, “You need to be a hard worker” to each other before, but now I am. This year it’s common to hear my kids remind each other to be “trustworthy” and “responsible”.

Spot reading!

Spot reading!

They know these rules because we review them every day. Plus, spot moves around the room and only wants to sit with kids who are showing these traits. {THIS IS MOTIVATION AT IT’S BEST MY FRINDS!}

Spot

Spot

And maybe the cutest thing is that as the kids move around the room, you’ll see them stop and give Spot a big hug. Sometimes they kiss his little nose. Sometimes they pet his head. But they always do it responsibly. He’s there when a kid needs some motivation. He’s there when someone needs a friend. And he’s a great addition to our room. He’s helping us be better kids, remember our class expectations, and try our best every day.

Check out my pet pack to get all the worksheets, posters, and more we’ve used to learn these traits with our pet. 

Thanks for checking into our adventure! Spot and our class are so glad you did 🙂

 

 

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