The third graders created models of raptors with Ms. Ogden, the elementary science specialist. The Theropod Raptor models before you are the completed concept designs of the ancestors of the modern birds. These animals survived the mass extinction of their larger relatives and, in fact, thrived, by adapting to a changing Earth. Our 3rd grade students were immersed into a world of change that favored the “fittest” via Natural Selection, beneficial adaptations, and variations that occur naturally in any species.
Fossils records indicate that smaller, faster, smarter, were the models Earth selected to survive. The raptors had feathers, pack mentality, and by all indications, were warm blooded, nest building, brooding lifeforms able to glide, climb, and out-think their prey.