In the past, I have had hamsters and fish in my classroom. Mr. Weasley, a guinea pig, is by far my favorite. He has a very sweet disposition and loves getting carrots during our afternoon snack.
Each year when I introduce our class pet, I tell the students what I have named him or her. I explained to the students that I chose the name Mr. Weasley, because he reminded me of a character from one of my favorite book series. Our guinea pig has a reddish colored fur just like the red headed Weasley family from the Harry Potter books. Then I told the students that since he is a class pet, we can rename him if they do not like the name I have chosen. We brainstormed a list of names, and the students had to write why they believed their chosen name was the best. This year Mr. Weasley was the winning name, but in years past this activity has spawned some creative names. We have had Ramona the Hamster (after Ramona Quimby), Micheal Jackson the Beta Fish, and Wild Sucker the Plecostomus (sucker fish).
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I encourage you to add the love of an animal to your classroom!