We Have a Class Newt!

by Matt on February 5, 2009

in Science

Today I surprised the class with a newt. The students were so excited and full of questions about our new class pet. Our newt doesn’t have a name yet…but I’m sure I will be able to report a new name tomorrow. Here a few photos.

Here we are putting soil into the terrarium.
Putting Soil into the Terrarium

 

Here we are planting some ferns.
Planting Ferns

 

Here is our newt!
Our Newt

 

Here we are misting our newts new home.
Misting the newt

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

Irene September 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Will we have a pet or newt,too Mr .Calison?

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Matt September 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Hi Irene! Thanks for the question. We may get a bunch of “pets” later in the year. These “living things” may not be what you would normally consider pets. Any ideas what I am talking about?

Mr. C.

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Irene September 24, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Are the ”pets” like plants?

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Matt September 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Nope, good guess! These “pets” are living things and they move.

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Irene September 24, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Hmmm is it a…….bug?

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Matt September 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

No…good guess though! What else could the class pet(s) be?

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Irene September 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm

hmmmmm is it…….. amphibions?

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Matt September 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm

These “pets” live in the “dark”.

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Irene September 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

…..hmmmm.Then how about bats?Rodents?Hamsters?

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Matt October 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Another clue, these “pets” are smaller in size than bats, rodents, and hamsters.

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Tara September 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Mr.C what is a newt?

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Tara September 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm

What does it eat?

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Tara September 30, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Are newts chamelions?

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Tara September 30, 2009 at 9:09 pm

How long does it live?

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Tara September 30, 2009 at 9:09 pm

How many varieties of colors do they have?

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Matt October 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

These are great questions! Can you find out this answer and then you can share your findings with the class?

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Tara September 30, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Where is the newt right now?

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Matt October 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Unfortunately the newt died this summer. = (

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Tara September 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm

If it is still alive, may I see it ?

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Tara September 30, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Where did you get the newt?

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Matt October 3, 2009 at 12:34 pm

When our school got new science books last year, each fourth grade teacher received a coupon for a free newt. A company sent us the newts in a big box through the mail.

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pia October 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm

are we gonna have a nocturnal pet?

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Matt October 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I’m not sure if these “pets” are considered nocturnal or not? I’ll have to research this. It is hard to see these “pets” in the day or the night. That is a great question and a great vocabulary word!

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pia October 12, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Are we gonna have a chameleon, or at least any animal that changes color?

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pia October 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm

When are we gonna get our class pet(s)

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Matt October 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Some things will happen over the next few months….

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Jaren October 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm

WOW A Class Pet Newt!

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Tara October 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Can we have a pet day where everyone brings their pet to school? Can we introduce them to the class?

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Matt October 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm

That is an interesting idea Tara. I will need to talk with Mrs. Stanley about this first.

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Tara October 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm

What is a newt?
A newt is a carnivore.
It eats bugs, worms and newt food.
It comes in many varieties of colors exept their colors change if they are kept as a pets.

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Matt October 4, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Great Tara! Where did you find this information?

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Tara October 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I found this information on the internet,google.

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Tara October 6, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I got this information on the internet

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Tara October 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I found it by looking up newts and looking up about how they live.

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Irene October 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Wow! =3 I wonder if we are going to get a pet coupon!

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Irene October 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Are we going to

have a pet day?I want to show my pet hamster=3

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Irene October 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I made I double because I forgot ”to” by the way.

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pia October 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm

If we are gonna have a pet day can we bring dogs? I’m asking `cause I know they are not allowed on campus.

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alexus October 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm

When are we having a class pet?

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Nicole M October 14, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Wow! What is a newt is it a lizard. This looks like a cool project to do!

From,
Nicole M

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katryel October 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm

PETS two or MORE =)

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katryel October 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm

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neiyo October 15, 2009 at 8:16 pm

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Nicole M October 23, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Class newts are so cccccccccccccccccooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!

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Tara M Burger October 29, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I wish that we could have a pet hamster in our class.

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