Sea Stars Visit Gribbin

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Gribbin first-graders received an up-close look at sea stars when representatives from Oyster Bay’s WaterFront Center visited their school.

At the presentation, students were educated about how sea stars eat, see and move. They also learned about the absence of bones and blood in their bodies. The children listened carefully as marine educator Kayla Kraker read “Spiny Sea Star: A Tale of Seeing Star” by Suzanne Tate and had an opportunity to touch and feel live sea stars and clams.

First-grade teacher Giselle Taylor said her students would use what they learned about sea stars to create an image on the computer app Doodle Buddy, which she plans to incorporate into an iMovie along with photos from the presentation. 

“A hands-on lesson like this creates a memory that lasts forever,” Taylor said. “In this school and district, we try to create educational experiences that last a lifetime.”

In addition to touching and feeling the animals, students created a sea star from construction paper and designed it using crayons, glue and sand.