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Animals and Science in the Classroom

Gain tips on animal husbandry, animal related activities, games, events and careers!
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teaching students about heartworm, helping them care for their pets

Heartworm disease ( Dirofilaria immitis ) is a preventable but serious and potentially fatal disease. It is caused by a parasitic worm that primarily infects members of the canid family including domesticated dogs and wild canids such as coyotes, wolves, and foxes. The infection is not limited to dogs as it has been documented in other mammals as well, including cats, ferrets, raccoons,...

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Thanksgiving dinner goes to the dogs!

  With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner we often prepare our homes for friends and family, begin preparing meals or take off for a much needed vacation. However you spend your holiday, don't forget to plan for your pets and animals that live in the classroom. Make sure that animals are not left in the classroom over the holidays. It is best if one person (...

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Animals and the NGSS

With the expected adoption of the next generation science standards by Illinois, educators and parents alike are eagerly searching for opportunities to learn more about them. The standards are based on the National Research Council's 'Framework for K-12 Science Education' and one of the overarching goals of the framework is to "ensure that by the end of 12 th grade, all students' have...

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USDA Veterinarian - Animal Related Careers

Many veterinarians choose to work with the USDA which stands for the United States Department of Agriculture. Much of the meat that we eat is seen by a veterinarian in the processing plant. Their role is to protect humans by making sure the food that reaches our tables is safe and edible. Read more about being a veterinarian with the USDA here:...

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Flubber - Animal Activities for the Classroom

Animal Activities for your classroom With the temperatures growing colder outside, now is a great time to discuss thermic regulation in animals.  How do whales remain in the temperatures that can drop well below freezing for extended amounts of time? The answer is blubber! Blubber is a thick layer of stored fat directly beneath the skin and above the muscles, it acts as a barrier to the...

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Wildlife Rehabilitator - Animal Related Careers

Today I discuss the life of a wildlife rehabilitator. A wildlife rehabilitator operates under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian and is responsible for the successful rehabilitation and release of injured, sick and orphaned wild animals. They are very hands on with wildlife such as squirrels, owls, and eagles. It is recommended that a course of study in ecology, wildlife biology, or...

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Animals in the Classroom

  If there is one thing that induces excitement in students it's animals! Incorporating them into your curriculum can prove to be a novel and engaging learning experience for your students. Not only are small animals fun to watch they can also serve as responsibility 'gateways' for younger children as many times they can play the main role of care taker. Animal...

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