A Bear Skull

What can you learn about a bear by examining its skull? Take an impromptu look at bear anatomy with a video from an extensive mammals playlist. Scientists examine the skull's teeth and compare them with those of a younger bear to determine age and health.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the resource as an alternative to run-of-the-mill animal tooth comparison worksheets
  • Have the class look at and compare images of black bears and grizzly bears to make inferences about both species
Classroom Considerations

  • Some exclamations during the examination of the skull are questionable in content for younger viewers
Pros

  • The video is unscripted, providing a look at the excitement researchers experience when presented with an interesting, new specimen
  • Observations are well explained and appropriate for learners with little knowledge of animal teeth
Cons

  • None
Common Core