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A national organization is recognizing a collaborative project between two Harman School teachers as excellence in education.

Third grade teacher Kayleigh Davidson and Gifted Intervention Specialist Mallory Bright have been named winners in the 6th annual Pets in the Classroom Lesson Plan Contest.

The contest invited pre-kindergarten through 9th grade teachers to submit lesson plans centered on the use of fish, reptiles and small animals in the classroom.

The two created a problem-based learning lesson entitled Phoenix’s Cage Project.  The lesson is centered around Davidson wanting to bring Phoenix the guinea pig to school but finding his cage is too big for the classroom.  Students are then charged with researching, drawing and revising a plan to create a new cage for him.

Their lesson plan, along with other select entries, are featured on the Pets in the Classroom website, allowing teachers to utilize and adapt lesson plans for their own use in their classrooms.