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Marine Skulls Cart


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    Lawrence Hall of Science

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Marine Skulls Cart

In this activity, learners look at and touch marine animal skulls to compare them and think about what they eat. The activity is written for a museum, but can be done anywhere there are marine animal skulls. Multiple ideas for engaging the learner are described, including introductory discussion questions, sorting activities, and skull identification. Background is provided about some representative marine animals: sea lion, dolphin, wolf eel, moray eel, and skate.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Animal skulls/jaws: shark, dolphin, sea lion, moray eel, wolf eel, skate, rockfish or other bony fish
  • Plastic animal models corresponding to the animal skulls/jaws on display
  • Photographs of animals

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Formulating Explanations

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, NSF OCE-0731338

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