Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hello Friends! I'm Ashley from The Teacher's Treasure Chest!! I wanted to stop in a share something with you.

My classroom critter is Rocky. He is our beloved pet hermit crab. The students chose the name Rocky, after a class election. We voted on his name, and then graphed the results of the election. The students had so much fun with this!

Through the year, Rocky was a wonderful classroom critter! He never got out of his home unless we took him out. He was very easy and inexpensive to take care of. He enjoyed spending time with the students. The students really enjoyed taking care of him and working as a team to make sure that Rocky was being cared for properly. Parents really pitched in as well. They often brought supplies, and "toys" for Rocky. Needless to stay our class LOVED Rocky!!

That's what makes this so hard :( I brought Rocky home for the summer. I wanted him to have a comfortable living environment like he had at school. Without my knowledge, my four year old, brought Rocky outside and put him in our flower beds one day while we were working in the yard. I looked all over for poor Rocky once I realized this. He was no where to be found :(

I found Rocky's shell today, almost two weeks later. I was pretty sad about it. Not knowing what I would tell my students when they return in the fall. The good news is, that this post made me remember how much joy Rocky brought to our class. At the beginning of the year, I was pretty much against a "Critter" in the classroom. Now I can't imagine my class without one.

So now I am hooked :) I hope you enjoyed reading about our pet and how we used him in our classroom. Be sure to visit my blog!!!



  1. Sorry to hear about your pet! Losing a pet, no matter how small can be hard. My class lost our hamster last year and it was hard for us. I brought our guidance counselor in to help. I got a new hamster. His name is Pickles. Stop by my blog to check him out.
    Little Priorities

  2. Sorry to hear about your loss! If you do decide to get another classroom pet, be sure to apply for the Pets in the Classroom grant - www.petsintheclassroom.org.


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