They will gain an advantage in the classroom because the sessions will focus on topics they are expected to learn about in class. For example, they will learn about the characteristics of reptiles and amphibians, the life cycles of these animals, and more. Subject material is chosen based upon the age range of students participating to ensure overlap with the science and technology curriculum. However, we will use reptiles to teach them about these concepts in a fun and interactive manner that will enrich their learning experience.
Participants will be introduced to different types of reptiles including snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, and crocodilians. They will be given a general overview of the group.
This session will focus on lizards as a group. Participants will be introduced to different types of lizards and they will learn about the many ways in which they make a living. Animals to be used include Sal a young savannah monitor, Marie a monkey-tailed skink, Ferdinand a frilled dragon, and more.
This session will focus on turtles, tortoises, and crocodilians. Participants will learn about these animals and their environments. Students will meet Albert and African spur-thighed tortoise, Sheldon a red-eared slider Turtle, Angus our alligator snapping turtle, and Lou an American alligator.
This session will feature Julia Squeezer the boa constrictor, Kellogg the corn snake, Buffalo Bill the bull snake, and many others. Participants will learn about snakes and the true nature of these wonderful animals.
Participants will be introduced to different species of frogs, toads, and salamanders. We will discuss the characteristics of these animals and compare them to reptiles and mammals.
The life cycles of amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and plants will be compared. We will discuss similarities and differences in the way these animals grow and change.
Participants will learn all about the senses and the way they are used by animals, including humans, to gather information about the environment. The sensory abilities of different animals will be compared. Animals featured in this session will include snakes with infra-red heat sensing abilities, lizards with an incredible sense of smell, and more.
We will review the major concepts discussed during the previous sessions. Students will all have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with one of the animals present. The photographs will go home with the students along with a certificate!