Lesson Plan

How to Read a Skull like an Open Book

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Fifth Grade
Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Regional Studies, Science and Technology, Wildlife Biology
1 hour


Students will become scientists by using clues to identify animal skulls from the parks.  Students will discover food preferences and learn about the teeth and skulls of many animals through observation, problem solving, and deduction skills.


To sign up for this Rangers in the Classroom program, please fill out the request form and email to ritc_seki@nps.gov, or fax to 559-565-3730.


These pre- and post-program lesson plans will enhance and expand the learning experience of the Rangers in the Classroom Programs for your students. Download any of these standards-based lesson plans for your class, and please do email ritc_seki@nps.gov with any feedback on improving these lessons.

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