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Students identify various types of animal skulls and teeth. In this ecology lesson, students define the terms herbivore, omnivore, and carnivore and study animal teeth and skulls. Students observe the characteristics of the teeth and identify what kind of diet the animal consumed.
Skulls tell it all, and with this lesson plan, you will tell it all to your class! Youngsters view animal skulls, analyzing the shape of teeth and the placement of the eye sockets. They associate these adaptations with the types of food the animals ate. The lesson refers to animals that the learners have viewed at a museum. Not to worry, however; you can find photos of animal skulls online or access a terrific animal skulls PowerPoint via Lesson Planet!
What can your class learn from a skull? With proper facilitation, they can learn about diet, physical adaptations, special differences, and even the environment. Pupils will examine a series of mammal skulls and pelts to help them understand why different mammals have adapted similar, yet varied, traits based on environmental factors. Mammal skulls, teeth, and pelts can usually be borrowed from local museums.
El Dia De La Muertos or Day of the Dead is a wonderful Mexican tradition that celebrates loved ones who have passed away. Children get a chance to create unique skulls out of clay, based on traditional designs. A wooden stylus is used to impress the designs into the clay; they are then painted and even fired. The activity provides four additional ideas or ways to connect the art project to academic content.
Youngsters compare the teeth of plant-eating dinosaurs with those of meat-eating dinosaurs. The concepts of herbivore vs. carnivore are also introduced. There is an excellent worksheet embedded in the plan which shows five skulls of different dinosaurs. Pupils must match up each skull with the food source that dinosaur most likely consumed. Terrific discussion and meaningful learning should result from implementing this resource with your class.
Get your class talking, even debating, about Gary Paulsen's popular novel Canyons. As they finish chapters 10-12, they complete the following discussion web concerning Brennan and the skull. They fill out the graphic organizer provided before entering a partner (or whole class) discussion. Example answers are given.
Students look at the history of a music poster and make their own advertising poster. In this art history lesson, students read about the poster for the Grateful Dead's Skull and Roses. They work in small groups to research advertisements and find a way to communicate their own message.
Investigate common poisons and how to stay safe with your class. They will be able to identify common poisons and the symbols that represent poison (i.e. skull and crossbones). Additionally, they will compare and contrast candy and medications and study poison prevention. They will also research common poisons on the Internet.