Grades 1 to 3

Students observe and construct ideas based on patterns they discover within the biodiversity and adaptations of animals. Water in many forms is featured through a variety of aquatic habitats. Many class options compare the structures and functions of animals and their young, as well as behaviors that help them survive. Programs also introduce concepts of how humans apply knowledge and resources from the natural world to create materials and products, as well as how children can make choices that help reduce their impact on our environment. All grade 1-3 programs promote STEM education through science literacy, inquiry, problem solving, and hands-on activities, such as a Touch & Learn with either live marine invertebrates or a reptile!

ALL SORTS OF ANIMALS

How do you know if an animal is a reptile, bird, mammal or fish? As an excellent introduction to taxonomy and biodiversity, students will have fun while investigating evidence including live animals, discussing with classmates and figuring out how to start classifying animals.

Suggested book to complement the program: “Animals and Me” by DK Publishing

This class can travel and includes live invertebrates and a reptile.

Standards Addressed – CT: 1.2, 3.2; RI: LS1; NGSS: Patterns; Structure & Function; LS1, LS4; Asking Questions, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence

EXPLORE THE SHORE OF LONG ISLAND SOUND

Students will investigate the native plants and animals that live along our beautiful rocky shores of the Long Island Sound. They will understand how difficult it is for animals to live in this harsh environment and investigate adaptations they have developed for survival.

Suggested book to complement the program: “Between the Tides” by Fran Hodgkins

This class can travel, and it includes live invertebrates and has a conservation focus.

Standards Addressed – CT: 1.2, 3.2; RI: LS1, LS2; NGSS: Patterns, Cause & Effect, Structure & Function; LS1, LS4, ESS2, ESS3; Asking Questions, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence

CORAL REEF COMMUNITY

Students will explore a fascinating community found beneath the waves! They will enjoy participating in an interactive presentation to discover how many sea creatures work together to be terrific neighbors, while others have interesting adaptations keeping them at the top of the food chain.

Suggested book to complement the program: “Coral Reefs” by Gail Gibbons

This class can travel and includes live invertebrates.

Standards Addressed – CT: 1.2, 3.2; RI: LS1, LS2; NGSS: Structure & Function, Stability & Change; LS1, LS2, LS4, ESS2, ESS3; Asking Questions, Obtaining & Communicating Information

WHALE TALES

Most kids love swimming in the ocean, but imagine spending ALL of your time in the ocean swimming, eating, sleeping, etc. By helping a classmate transform into a beluga whale, students will discover how these charismatic whales are mammals like us, but are specially adapted to survive in a cold ocean ecosystem.

Suggested book to complement the program: “Whales” by Gail Gibbons

This class can travel and includes live invertebrates.

Standards Addressed – CT: 1.2, 3.2; RI: LS1, LS2; NGSS: Structure & Function; LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4; Asking Questions, Analyzing & Interpreting, Obtaining & Communicating Information

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND THE SEA

Native Americans have lived along the coastline of Connecticut for thousands of years. Through a hands-on experience with live Long Island Sound invertebrates, students will investigate and deduce some of the ways local native tribes used plants and animals from the sea for survival.

Suggested book to complement the program: “Wampanoag” by Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh

This class can travel and includes live invertebrates.

Standards Addressed – CT: 1.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.4; RI: LS1; NGSS: Patterns, Cause & Effect, Stability & Change; LS1, LS4, ESS2, ESS3; Asking Questions, Analyzing & Interpreting, Engaging from Evidence