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In this activity, students will describe the relationship between a bird’s anatomy, particularly its beak size and shape, and its feeding behavior and diet. This is an excellent example of the principle of “form fits function” observed in biology.
This activity addresses a common misconception young students have: that most fossils displayed in science museums belong to dinosaurs! Students will distinguish fossils as dinosaurs or non-dinosaurs using visible traits, drawings and information from museum labels.
Students will compare extinct mammoths and modern-day elephants by listing the differences and similarities between their appearances, diets, habitats, ranges and behaviors. They will closely observe the teeth of a mammoth, mastodon and gomphothere and relate their structure to the animals’ diets.
Students will observe an ecosystem on display, identify the predator/prey relationships among species, categorize animals as producers, consumers, carnivores, herbivores or omnivores, create a food web for the ecosystem and predict the effects of changes in the environment caused by living organisms, including humans.
Texas Science & Natural History Museum supports educators by offering a variety of professional development opportunities for formal and informal educators. All programs are free and provide TEA-approved CPE credit. For more information regarding professional development events contact TMMeducation@austin.utexas.edu.
Volunteer at the Museum
Are you passionate about informal science education?
Volunteers on the Education team are called Gallery Guides. Gallery Guides interpret up-to-date and engaging scientific information to visitors to the museum's exhibit galleries, lead guided tours, participate in museum events, provide identifications of local fossils and ensure the exhibit components are not mishandled or damaged. Join us by applying to be a Gallery Guide. Please send your resume to TMMeducation@austin.utexas.edu and complete the application form.