CREEPY, CRAWLY WORLD COMES ALIVE FOR FIRST GRADERS!

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The Science Museum of Long Island visited first graders recently to teach them about insects and spiders. Students learned about the parts of insects and their important role in our ecosystem. The students were able to touch a Hissing Cockroach and view a tarantula to compare and contrast the two different animals.  The museum is a not-for-profit science activity center located on the Leeds Pond Preserve in Nassau County. The Science Museum offers enrichment workshops for children on weekdays and during school vacations. "The students had an excellent time and left with a craft of an insect," said science teacher Mr. Knight. In Mr. Knight's classroom, students are raising their very own insects. "We recently released some praying mantis nymphs into our garden because they eat the aphids that eat our vegetable plants," said Mr. Knight. "Our butterflies were also released and we are waiting for our silkworm moths to come out of their silk cocoons."