Emily Cook of Alexandria was one of nine people from across the country to win the Pets in the Classroom Lesson Plan Contest. Pets in the Classroom provides grants to teachers who want small animals in the classroom. Cook is studying elementary education at Wartburg College in Iowa,
The Echo Press reported that a professor offered extra credit for entering the contest, and Cook was one of two Wartburg students who won. Cook’s lesson plan for students in grades 3-5 focuses on keeping the ecosystem inside their classroom aquarium healthy. It included material for students who need extra help or an extra challenge.
She received a $100 Visa gift card from Pets in the Classroom, and her lesson plan is posted online at petsintheclassroom.org for all educators to download and use.