Does anyone have a classroom pet? We have a junior high teacher that has a hampster in her classroom. He roams in his ball around the room during the class and the kids get to hold him during class if they are good (he likes to sleep in your lap). He seems to be an excellent addition to the classroom. She has often mentioned to me that the baddest kid in the class just loves to cuddle and will make extra efforts to behave so he can get his chance. I have had several "pets" in the classroom. We had a giant praying mantis that we named Sister Mary Catherine. She was caught at the catholic church. We were in an entomology unit. They caught other insects to feed her and we kept her for about 2 months. We also had a wheeled assassin bug named Steve. Steve was vicious and would attack and kill bugs 5 times his size. It was cool. We have also hatched goslings and chickens in the classroom. I had a classroom of high school boys sitting at a table for an entire hour one day as we watched a gosling hatch out of the shell. They were amazed.