As we explored the museum I noticed the kids were quite interested in the teeth of the animals. It gave me the idea to discuss the difference between herbivores and carnivores. We did a scavenger hunt through the museum to find and classify the herbivores and carnivores. Later, on the drive down to San Diego the kids made vacation journals where they drew and labeled all the carnivores and herbivores they found.
After searching for herbivores and carnivores, we discussed predators and their prey. This led to a hunt for predators and a critical thinking activity of what their prey might be.
This is a giant ground sloth, prey to a saber tooth tiger.
Finally, we had the opportunity to have a private lesson from a docent in training about tar, the properties of tar and what the native Americans used tar for. We were able to explore ancient artifacts that were found made out of tar.
Next stop, Anaheim!!