All grade 1-3 programs promote STEM education through scientific inquiry, building vocabulary, and problem solving.Each program offers the exciting opportunity for students to investigate live marine invertebrates or a live reptile. These hands-on opportunities offer valuable and exciting learning experiences that encourage students to make observations and ask questions. These programs can also be conducted right in your own classroom as part of our Traveling Teacher Program.
THIS CLASS CAN TRAVEL TO YOU (THIS CLASS INCLUDES A LIVE INVERTEBRATE TOUCH & LEARN)
THIS CLASS INCLUDES A TOUCH & LEARN WITH A LIVE REPTILE (THIS CLASS HAS A CONSERVATION FOCUS)
ALL SORTS OF ANIMALS
How do you know if an animal is a reptile, bird, mammal or fish? In this program, students will take part in a fun, hands-on classification activity to find out. This class is an excellent introduction to taxonomy as students discover why scientists classify these vertebrates into their groups.
Suggested book to complement the program: “Animals and Me ” by DK Publishing
Standards Addressed: CT: 1.2, 3.2; RI: LS1; NGSS: LS1, LS4
AMERICAN INDIANS AND THE SEA
American Indians have lived along the coastline of Connecticut for thousands of years.
Through a hands-on experience with live Long Island Sound invertebrates, students will discover some of the ways local American Indians used plants and animals from the sea for survival.
Suggested book to complement the program: “Wampanoag” by Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
Standards Addressed: CT: 1.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.4; RI: LS1; NGSS: LS1, LS4
EXPLORE THE SHORE OF LONG ISLAND SOUND
Students will investigate the native plants and animals that live along the beautiful rocky shores of the Long Island Sound. They will discover how difficult it is for animals to live in this harsh environment and the adaptations they have developed for survival.
Suggested book to complement the program: “Between the Tides” by Fran Hodgkins
Standards Addressed: CT: 1.2, 3.2; RI: LS1, LS2; NGSS: LS1, LS4
CORAL REEF COMMUNITY
Students will be introduced to one of the fascinating “neighborhoods” found beneath the waves. They will discover that many sea creatures work together to be terrific neighbors,while others have interesting adaptations that keep them at the top of the food chain. Children will participate in an interactive presentation that will have them learning all while having a great time.
Suggested book to complement the program: “Coral Reefs” by Gail Gibbons
Standards Addressed: CT: 1.2, 3.2; RI: LS1, LS2; NGSS: LS1, LS2, LS4
Through interactive activities, students discover the many adaptations charismatic beluga whales have for survival in their ocean habitat. A costume is used to transform a student into a whale, highlighting these amazing adaptations.
Suggested book to complement the program: “Whales” by Gail Gibbons
Standards Addressed: CT: 1.2, 3.2; RI: LS1, LS2; NGSS: LS1, LS2, LS3, LS4