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Animal Expert

GOAL:

Decide which of the four animals - turtle, hamster, fish tank, or frog - is 
the most interesting pet.  Keep in mind as you research that this should be 
a pet that the whole class can enjoy and learn from.  


MISSION PROCEDURES:

1.  RESEARCH: Use the Internet links listed below as well as classroom books 
    to find AT LEAST three interesting facts about each animal.  Here are 
    three questions you may use to get started:
             
                  What does this animal look like?
                  What makes this animal different from the other 3 animals?
                  What could the class learn from this animal?

2.  RECORD: Record your findings in the correct box of your record sheet.  
    Use descriptive words to explain information about each animal.

3.  THINK:  Think about which animal you think would be the BEST for the 
    class based on your job.  To help you decide, answer the following 
    questions to yourself:
          
          Which animal do you think the class could learn the most from?
          Which animal do you think the class would enjoy taking care of?
          
4.  WRITE:  Complete the sentence at the bottom of your record sheet to tell 
    your group which animal YOU believe is best for the class pet based on 
    your job.  

REMEMBER:  You are going to use this information to persuade your group 
members and classmates that this is the MOST interesting pet, so choose 
facts that make each animal special.

Record Sheet - Print this sheet to record your findings.
http://www.teacherweb.com/IN/PNC/Cassady/htmlpage2.stm

PAINTED TURTLES
http://www.nikki.bz/!turtletank/care.html

http://www.petturtle.com/painted_turtles.htm

GERBILS
http://www.agsgerbils.org/Gerbil_Care_Handbook/intro.html#what

TROPICAL FISH
http://www.fishedz.com/411.htm

http://www.fishedz.com/anyfish.htm

FIREBELLY TOADS
http://allaboutfrogs.org/info/mypets/firebellies.html

http://allaboutfrogs.org/info/doctor/first.html

Classroom Books

PAINTED TURTLES:
   1 - Turtles by Trudi Strain Trueit
   2 - Turtles and Tortoises: Caring for Them, Feeding Them, Understanding 
        Them  by Hartmut Wilke
   3 - The Turtle: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Lenny Flank
   4 - Turtles by Ann Larkin Hansen
   5 - The Proper Care of Turtles by John Coborn
   6 - Turtles: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, and Diseases by 
         Hartmut Wilke

GERBILS:
   1 - Your Pet Gerbil by Elaine Landau
   2 - Taking Care of Your Gerbils by Joyce Pope
   3 - Gerbils by Fiona Henrie
   4 - Gerbils by Arnold Dobrin
   5 - Hamsters and Gerbils by Honor Head
   6 - Gerbils, All About Them by Alvin Silverstein

FISH:
   1 - Freshwater Fishes by Judith Jango-Cohen
   2 - Your Pet Tropical Fish by Elaine Landau
   3 - A Great Aquarium Book: Guide for Beginners by Jane Sarnoff
   4 - Tropical Fish by Pam Jameson
   5 - A Step By Step Book About Tropical Fish by Cliff Emmens
   6 - Tropical Fish by Robert Hirshfeld

FIREBELLY TOADS:
   1 - Frogs and Toads by Bobbie Kalman 
   2 - Frogs, Toads, and Turtles by Diane Burns
   3 - Toads by Amanda Harman
   4 - Frogs by Gail Gibbons
   5 - Awesome Amphibians by Steve Parker
   6 - Amphibians as Pets by George & Lisbeth Zappler

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