Tracy Marcus from Cornell Cooperative Extension visited the third graders in the Lower School science lab on October 23 and brought a few reptiles with her. Students carefully handled large, gentle snakes and small turtles as Tracy talked about prehistoric animals and the adaptations in reptiles that can be observed in animals today. She also spoke about the adaptations of prehistoric sea creatures and dinosaur bodies.
In addition, Tracy reviewed the best etiquette practices when purchasing animal-based products and how to obtain and care for reptiles in captivity. A strong focus was placed on reptiles and amphibians native to the area and the adaptations and survival skills they obtained to live on Long Island. This visit correlated with the third grade’s new unit on the evolution of animals and our prehistoric time line.