Thursday, April 28, 2016

Whose Teeth?

Tuesday when I went back to the tadpole "pond" to dig up some more plants for our tadpole habitat (and other teachers' tadpole habitats), I stumbled upon THESE along the path:

David was super grossed out that I grabbed these, but I thought they were too cool to pass up! I scooped them up with a shovel and put them in a plastic bag.  I figured the kids would be really excited to examine them.  I was right! They were more excited than ever to figure out which animal these came from.  

I began by showing the kids a picture of a bobcat and a bobcat skull, because I know bobcats have been spotted in the same area.  Then I opened it up, asking if there were other animals that would have similar teeth.  We narrowed it down to five animals that would be present in the area, and then I made some cards with pictures of the animals and their respective skulls.

Students used magnifying glasses to analyze and compare the teeth before making their guess as to which animal these teeth belong to.

Such a fun, hands-on experience! The kids enjoyed being detectives.  We're still not really sure which animal the teeth came from... My guess is a fox. What's yours?

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