Bizarre skulls
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Virtual Programs are live, interactive programs that connect your class exclusively to a science educator over the internet.

Come face-to-face with a diverse array of Academy skulls! Watch a live colony of flesh-eating beetles in action as they devour and clean flesh from bones. Examine eye sockets, teeth, and other features to find out if the mystery skulls are predators or prey.

This program integrates the Next Generation Science Standards by focusing on:

  • Crosscutting Concept: Structure and Function

 

Schedule a session that works for you!

 

Day of Week: Tuesdays
Duration: 40 - 60 minutes
Target Audience: 3rd - 5th graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more
Price: $70 per session
Title I Discount: 50% off
Bulk Discount: 20% off (pre-book 5+ sessions)
Group Size: 8-65 students per session
Multilingual support: English and Spanish

Program Summary

Although skulls can't talk, they can communicate a lot with their teeth and eye sockets! In this live, interactive program, your students will become Science Detectives in order to solve the mysteries that skulls communicate.

As Science Detectives, students will bite into their first mystery: What did this animal eat? Together they will solve a mystery that was looking at us straight in the face: Is this animal a predator or prey? Then, they will practice their detective skills to determine the identity of two mystery animal skulls. Finally, we will all watch a live colony of flesh-eating beetles in action as they devour and clean flesh from bones to see how an Academy scientist cleans a skull. Eeeeww!

Please note: This program requires you, the teacher, to purchase food items which will be eaten during the program.

Materials to Prepare for your Students

Teachers - Please prepare the following materials for each student so they can explore different teeth to eat different types of food. (Each student will only need to chew a small piece or slice when our educators instruct to do so.)

  1. Food item chewed with incisors/front teeth (strawberries, celery, or apples)
  2. Food item chewed with canines/fang teeth (dried fruit, jerky, or dry baguette)
  3. Food item chewed with molars/back teeth (popcorn, pretzels, or nuts)

Please be mindful of students’ food allergies. The food types listed here are only suggestions; other foods can be used to make the same points.

Organizer Prep
Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • 4-LS1.A – Structure and function: Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Structure and Function

Related Performance Expectation:

This Virtual Program is just one step toward reaching the Performance Expectation listed below. Addition supporting materials/lessons/activities will be required.

4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Not interested in solving our skulls mystery? Discover more one-on-one Virtual Programs or check out the free webcasts in our Special Live Events series.

Grades: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Program Duration: 45 minutes
Price: $70.00
Distance Learning Prices
Virtual Program session: $70     Title I Discount: 50% off                 Bulk Discount: 20% off                   (pre-book 5+ sessions)