Cryptic Creatures


*This course is intended for lower elementary students


Class Schedule

Saturdays 9:00-9:50 am PST

March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6,
April 13, (no class April 20), April 27, May 4, May 11


Note: Classes are listed in PST, click below to convert time to your time zone.

Course Overview

In this course we’ll don on our Zoologist hats, and learn about animal adaptations, evolution, and explore how animals are organized. Each week we’ll build an understanding of adaptations, habitats, food webs and ecosystems to uncover a mysterious animal!

We’ll develop and use the concepts of anatomy, physiology, and behavior to better understand types of adaptations, and how these adaptations are essential for the mystery animal’s survival. Students will grow their understanding of animal adaptations, habitats, and ecosystems and use this knowledge for their final project. Towards the end of the course, students will design a habitat suitable for their own mystery animal utilizing provided clues!

Student Outcomes: 

  • Explain animal adaptations, and how these adaptations better help the animal survive
  • Explore animal organization in cladograms, physiology, and anatomy
  • Develop a suitable habitat for a mystery animal utilizing adaptations, habitat preferences, food preferences and other clues

Student Experience

Pattern Seeker




Your Teacher: Lindsey Roberts

Lindsey Roberts has worked as a teacher in California for over 8 years. She has a Bachelor’s in Zoology from Colorado State University, a background in marine biology, and a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of San Francisco. Her experience spans from working with animals, conducting scientific research, and classroom teaching at a public charter school in grades k-8. She has a passion for science, math, and fostering curiosity.  She has taught a wide range of ability levels including gifted students. Lindsey enjoys creating project based learning units connecting multiple subject matters in a way for students to better understand. In addition to working at Cresconova, she currently operates Rooted in STEM Education, ( a private tutoring business. Her clients are both international and domestic and many of her current students identify as gifted. They respond to her high level of engagement and deep content knowledge. She is thrilled to share her passions of animals, science, and math with Cresconova students!