Apparently the first day back from Spring Break is a red-letter day for receiving mysterious notes in the Library.
Specimen 1: Created on one of our inkless typewriters…
In case you can’t make out the top-secret message, it says: you are the best! from: unknown p.s. this letter will self destruct
Specimen 2: Found on the rat cage this morning, after the ratties returned from a Spring Break visit with one of our Grade 6 students…
Well, when you get a note like that, it’s impossible not to immediately investigate…
Why yes. Yes, that is a blue rat tail.
While the more skeptical of our readers might question whether Evan truly had “no idea how it happened,” and that the truth has something to do with an errant blue highlighter, we actually believe him. The culprit, we feel, is a blue wicker ball that the rats like to chew on. Scout probably chewed on the ball, which stained her mouth, and then she licked her tail.
The Grade 2 classes have been learning from diagrams in the Library this term. We read a really interesting article all about pet rats from the SPCA magazine, and then we applied what we learned from that article to the care of our three library rats.
This week, the Grade 2s got started on creating their very own diagrams. Ms Walker modeled a rat diagram on the board, and then the boys chose topics they were experts in to create their very own informative diagrams! We can’t wait to learn all about castles, wolves, dragons, planes, cars, clocks, bridges… and more!
Cole and Ms. Walker meet once a week to clicker train the three library rats. Inspired by many amazing rat tricks that are viewable on Youtube, we work on a few new skills every week. The rats can be… quite… inattentive a lot of the time, but this week we had an amazing breakthrough while trying to train them to pull a tube over their head, as in this video at (1:58):
Katniss, Scout and Ramona GOT IT! It was incredible! Cole and Ms. Walker got the timing between the click and the treat just right this time, and the rats were focused on the task. There were a couple of times when we missed an opportunity to click right away, but it was still really successful.