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How Can Animals Help in the Literacy Classroom?

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Kimberly Santaromita

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How do you Create an Effective Literacy Classroom?
Dogs in the Classroom
Studies show that students that can't read at grade level by 3rd grade are much less likely to graduate high school
New York elementary schools are having therapy dogs come to schools every week for ELL students
The program is called R.E.A.D. Reading Education Assistant Dogs
All students in the program began below grade reading levels but have either caught up or surpassed their reading levels
Guinea Pig in the Classroom
Benefits of Animals in the Literacy Classroom
Reading to animals creates a judgement free environment where students feel comfortable taking risks
Encourages students to practice reading (in general and aloud)
Students are less worried about making mistakes in front of the animals
Students are excited to read to the animals so it encourages regularly reading
Kim Santaromita
How Can Animals Help in the Literacy Classroom?
Create an environment where students feel safe
Provide a comfortable learning environment
Help to foster friendships
Encourage students to read and write no matter what level they are
Make an engaging environment
Mills River Elementary School in North Carolina Successfully uses Therapy Dogs for Reading...
Picture References
Picture of teacher with three students- US Department of Education https://www.flickr.com/photos/departmentofed/9606793659/in/photolist-fCVk4r-dM8VpG-5ZwdaE-nNUaWG-eFpBvf-5Zs3Ut-zDUjyc-Ci8Rg3-w6YyLS-CN7sUK-BmEwzk-pjGSzi-NkrNgm-QyvJ2S-LPdzdC-Kgse8E-NFqZb6-QThLq3-NFHa1p-6gz3yq-jGRYVs-jGRYMG-9gL2FY-6m6kj4-6U9X9J-fCYnbn-aZpEUB-am9eCe-fD6DPw-nMFxrf-ayysTi-6U9Yrd-dmbarB-b4yzRz-fDfXWL-4v5wXJ-qar5Ct-7zeVM-fDfXLb-69W5kP-bSQLse-5qH82L-doEq7k-fDcP71-5b1GqT-77AkZu-gwB1mr-bqPDKT-77wpCp-8oTq2a
Picture of Girl reading to dog- Fairfax Library Foundation https://www.flickr.com/photos/fcpl/3498006166/in/photolist-6k7cn9-dyrDfd-amRmbZ-dyrrWG-86Xqvx-bSeez4-bDjw1A-atcLv2-dyrtjj-Skrjeh-dym5tv-ieLEUh-dykUmr-579cEm-e6YRMg-dyrDx5-dyrsd5-574ZXv-gexRkM-dpcV7y-bBH6NU-5768ov-dyrsuN-dyrPu7-692vVZ-5SYmEh-7D8dE5-bBH7HY-bBH5Hy-3E1ywn-nC8NXx-572eN7-JGsmuK-5SYpsf-5FPgMG-57ajKN-ByYDF9-arJ1W9-ey2m5Y-B24tps-9shpY2-4KfheD-ddQrvU-4drXgN-579m6y-qtuw8Q-4KjwQU-okbYis-bwVaYZ-98YYHi
Picture of yellow lab with green vest- Arctic Warrior https://www.flickr.com/photos/arcticwarrior/4556740882/in/photolist-7WEuiY-e3ibcJ-GM568t-9Eot1W-dym33Z-smu5eo-qcVKnu-nbRDhA-dymgea-dyrmYL-91YGCC-dykTDB-dym2yM-dym2Nv-eginnA-dyrNtU-dymfyR-dym1tr-dyrFBG-dyrEnf-dyrr9j-3CQWe-bwVUAH-ecjH9b-dyrR3j-dymmEr-anjS8R-s5rY5v-9zjGoQ-7cENHh-4WxYra-dyrP8W-dykXo6-dym5Ng-dymbwK-2k74wE-dym8Hv-ieLtN8-bmGFBJ-7WEaVU-6k7cn9-dyrDfd-amRmbZ-dyrrWG-86Xqvx-bSeez4-bDjw1A-atcLv2-dyrtjj-Skrjeh
Picture of teacher with student- Ilmicrofono Oggiono https://www.flickr.com/photos/115089924@N02/12212474014/in/photolist-jBb83N-dbP8r1-jKHx9W-6SYLJX-eowcsm-nXst2t-enWtJ8-am9eCe-7SCp99-guHmG7-dM3kGH-dbP5xP-dMbGub-7SCpn1-dNus4R-dM68Wn-dYL2gK-fDfDwJ-a6jnaf-5p1N5a-Ma595-eM7jWY-dKKACy-p1rLZH-e4VzYP-dYL2gT-8Y72J2-5dom2R-Ma59J-7Mxksn-6pyfgv-hSgh2M-bK8F1c-dKKAwf-dRj66Y-dpzjz5-gHigZS-7AEEmQ-cviSiE-hSgRNy-bGTzmp-akJWuB-dM8VpG-arEEkk-nVnWMZ-d2k9od-d2kArd-d2kfnq-gc1SKp-nVF5Yi/
Picture of border collie- Ariniko Artistry www.ariniko.com
Picture of boy with dog- Pioneer Library System https://www.flickr.com/photos/jsyk/16536812726/in/photolist-rciuhN-qX8LZc-qWZ2Hh-ovfjNr-rchYJE-qhMGKx-qhLKRz-res4oe-kup2hh-eTSKw-reAaHr-qX2zB5-nDKWSi-qhLMq6-qX1zoj-qX9qb4-7bfwAr-qX1HBU-reuC9w-o9ryG6-rciqHd-rcibyS-pKaZtV-HyUUfx-qhLfGn-qX78HF-qhMP1i-ejtAvb-rev49S-rertMg-reAq4R-qX2hvS-qhz21N-reAf6p-aVuiBB-rciikC-9DpFhJ-biLAdH-9Eu7p4-nugBMy-qhMrX6-24Mus-reAEUH-7BD7YM-rezJDP-ebYJSB-reqTJr-rezzuX-qhytBf-qX8SG4
Picture of dog with books - Pioneer Library System https://www.flickr.com/photos/jsyk/16375167900/in/photolist-qX21V3-ij2Vto-qX8WFX-axmn9A-dPgHTW-SWD84s-nX9R8W-rcioH1-qhMmY8-qhyLD1-qhMAYn-o4GKCN-ewvKEQ-reuFL1-p3N9wY-7ZMiXS-qX2muy-qX8Gsg-qX8WfM-rciuhN-qX8LZc-qWZ2Hh-ovfjNr-rchYJE-qhMGKx-qhLKRz-res4oe-kup2hh-eTSKw-reAaHr-qX2zB5-nDKWSi-qhLMq6-qX1zoj-qX9qb4-7bfwAr-qX1HBU-reuC9w-o9ryG6-rciqHd-rcibyS-pKaZtV-HyUUfx-qhLfGn-qX78HF-qhMP1i-ejtAvb-rev49S-rertMg-reAq4R
Picture of goldfish- AJC1 https://www.flickr.com/photos/ajc1/6059012398/in/photolist-aeq2i1-pdVH2Q-oWtw9G-a7KDFC-do8hDN-57tc4d-CfWYbB-ajwhb3-4Vabdf-duYsXt-8mgtsA-8AaJod-9zXCWo-BRWtc7-4VRk4F-7KHjfL-b8xtFk-4P3Lxu-aNa45x-846nwn-2Q8E7W-5LHHHE-4DZDpN-5R4cj-X9PVN-5YZv9z-9vYVfZ-4f2iZT-Tt4Tdv-5UjHjC-8sSScu-dtPHRc-RjAeQ7-zTnqfv-mMq8Kz-SwYWFz-4vxBTd-mTg4a6-akGAcA-Sk9d8-7KHjtN-7wAp6N-wxYH3-3SWVF1-dZMzuJ-6TF1RT-bk7dXP-dNhp34-dcc4En-cm9Ku5
Other Benefits of Animals in the Classroom
Lowers blood pressure
Decreases anxiety
Increases social skills
Teaches empathy
Teaches responsibility
How to Do This in Your Classroom
Resources for Teachers
Ask principle about your schools policy about classroom pets
Research to find the best animal for your classroom (guinea pig, fish, frog, etc.)
Grants are available to help teachers afford classroom pets
Contact a local shelters or Animal Assisted Therapy groups
PetSmart Classroom Pets- information on possible classroom pets and grants http://www.petsmart.com/learning-center/fish-care/a-teachers-guide-to-having-classroom-pets/A0202.html
American Humane Society: Pets in the Classroom Study- helpful tips and information for teachers http://site.americanhumane.org/Resources/PETS%20IN%20THE%20CLASSROOM%20CKT%20R4.pdf
American Kennel Club- list of therapy dog organizations http://www.akc.org/events/title-recognition-program/therapy/organizations/
Picture References Cont.
Picture of girl hugging puppy- slmp.co.uk https://www.flickr.com/photos/biscuitsmlp/1124827531/in/photolist-2Hp338-eHDtXg-9fCKV9-9xtwZh-deMf7L-9knUUj-GF99f1-8119Px-c5KS1m-2aG3Af-epJTZJ-8i79uh-dXpQ2V-7pRwa2-95KMiJ-d6csim-m8xj8e-9xqxfD-aHxiP2-soioXn-qrBDLM-78a1T5-cYey-nWLPCs-oezRC-apiLqz-9o48vo-apmuMs-7ZNzRS-uW1tUG-oJPjm-ebbRP5-b7NxT2-3aV9BL-e6brUc-eUEdP-aoPtzE-apmuW3-h2fkM9-eeeSyh-apiLxP-9sAa1o-9WP4Rd-59vY1G-5MQxeg-dg7xwH-6bDMPi-4f4vcR-bCm4cA-naPwMo
Picture of Guinea Pig- Jason Mooy https://www.flickr.com/photos/jay_mooy/4900068016/in/photolist-8t18vj-gqm1K8-4sF5Fm-7atoPD-NnVD7-2fzt3K-yvVbh-4sqQ9-ksRw2-pwiS8v-PEbBJ-awt1pn-ksRqG-fm6W-zjW8W-4smM5J-qbC8b8-7wtkMf-cRGChL-4ppX6h-gqmC7P-57G8nY-gqkM7f-9jDsuG-RKAMb4-a3QSrs-8hKSN5-4f7ewk-9pwhLT-i5U6SG-dfk5hL-4zkrDS-d89Xid-4Lr1hv-4zkteW-4zgd4a-pw5nru-3gHvLt-46Z1mC-75i3ze-e1SdE6-5RuLpF-AxZuE-8t18LL-2m1aV-i5V9o-46UV1p-pwiRAP-75mUDC-gLK3Ux
Ms. Radcliffe, a 6th grade teacher introduced guinea pigs to her class one year
One day a student refused to read anymore because he was frustrated so Ms. Radcliffe suggested that he should read to one of the guinea pigs
Soon all of the students were reading more and working together to problem solve who could read to the guinea pigs and when
"Gucci (the guinea pig) never once laughed at Cedric for decoding Guinness incorrectly or for asking for clarification about a confusing part of the text; instead, he sat patiently as Cedric read to him." (Radcliffe, 6)

References
Gerson, Brian. "Reading Aloud to Animals Improves Children’s Literacy, Study Says." The Aggie. N.p., 30 Mar. 2010. Web.
Radcliffe, Barbara J. "Literacy Lessons in One Language Arts Sixth-Grade Classroom: The Year of the Guinea Pigs." Middle School Journal 46.4 (2015): 3-8. Web.
Reuters, Therapy Dogs Help New York Immigrant Kids Clear Reading Hurtles. Youtube.com May 16, 2016.
WLOS News 13, Reading Therapy Dog. Youtube.com March 4, 2014
Yam, Kimberly. "Struggling Students Read To Therapy Dogs, Find Confidence In Judgment-Free Zone." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 18 Feb. 2015. Web. 21 Apr. 2017.
Jason Shaw. Serenity, South of the Border Country Hills. 2014.
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