Post pictures of pets on social media

What’s involved

Building a positive classroom culture and a strong sense of connection can support students’ social and emotional needs. And what better activity to boost cheer than one that involves pets?!

Students can share stories with the class about their beloved pets if they would like to through a classroom talking circle or in a write-up. They can even bring the pet into the virtual classroom and show it off to the class.

Note: To build an inclusive classroom, be mindful that not all students may have a pet at home. If a child does not have a pet at home, differentiate this activity by getting the students to share what type of pet they would want if they could have one.

Who can deliver it

  • Teachers
  • School staff
  • Principals
  • School districts
  • School leadership
  • Student leaders

Time commitment

  • 15 minutes to 1 hour

Resources required

  • Knowledge about whether students would like to share about their pet
  • Student access to a phone, tablet, or computer to take a photo with their pet
    • if students do not have access to technology with a camera, staff can jump into a meeting with the students and take a screenshot of the student with their pet

Ideal learning environment

  • Long-term virtual learning
  • Short-term virtual learning
  • Hybrid classroom
  • Traditional classroom

Pictures and/or videos of this health promotion practice being delivered​


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