The advantages of living organisms in the classroom are well known to biology and elementary teachers. Live animals and plants spark interest, provide color and movement, can be used as teaching materials, and can generally improve the classroom environment. Organisms commonly found in classrooms include plants from the genera Coleus, Dracena, Philodendron, and many others, and animals which are often small mammals or perhaps tropical fish. Seldom does one find more primitive vascular or non-vascular plants, invertebrate animals, reptiles or amphibians. It has been my experience that these organisms have much to add to the classroom and should not be ignored or discounted.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1983 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Perschau, Donald J.
"Collecting Reptiles and Amphibians for Classroom Use,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 20
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol20/iss3/6