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WHEN VIEWING ON A MOBILE DEVICE -- DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM 4  chapter 1 The final chapter provides some real-​life examples of how to bring ani- mals into the classroom. It includes things to think about, suggestions for planning, ideas for finding the right pet, and resources for making your ex- perience with a classroom pet meaningful, relevant, and joyful for children. A note about usage in this book For the sake of clarity, I refer to nonhuman animals in this book simply as animals. Although humans certainly are animals as well, for the sake of brev- ity, I use the term animals to refer to all the other members of the animal kingdom—​mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, amphibians, and birds—​but not to humans. The reason for this is that, in their own usage, children exclude humans from their definitions of animals. In my research I have been primarily concerned with children’s interest in, and relationship to, nonhuman animals. The term pets, referring to domesticated animals in the care of humans, is often eschewed and replaced by the more recently accepted companion animals, since it doesn’t imply ownership or possession. Many people also obtain animals specifically for their companionability. I use the terms inter- changeably for the purposes of this book. A recent communication with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums informed me that the preferred parlance within that circle is animals in the care of humans instead of exhibit animals or the older captive animals. When I refer to animals in zoos, nature centers, or aquariums in this book, for brevity’s sake I use the terms exhibit animals, or when necessary for context, zoo/aquarium animals. When it comes to animals and our human relationship to them, words have meaning and power to influence our perceptions of animals. This book does not purport to tease out the moral implications of different terminology that humans use to describe animals. I provide these notes simply as food for thought for readers who wish to reflect on the nuances of our semantics about animals. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL