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In this activity, students discover how the structure of an animal's mouthparts and digestive system gives clues to what the animal eats. Working in pairs, they begin by exploring how the shape of a bird's beak relates to its diet. Then students explore the relationship between the mouthparts and diets of a variety of animals. Next, they compare the eating structures and behavior of humans and snakes, and compare the skulls of venomous and constrictor snakes, to show adaptations to different diets. They then compare diagrams of the jaws and teeth of different mammals to describe how human teeth are adapted for an omnivorous diet. Students also watch a video that explains differences in digestion between cows and humans Finally, students explore in depth the eating adaptations of different carnivores. In teams, they create a model of a carnivore's mouth that shows how mouth structure and shape are adapted to its particular prey.
1. Ask students:
2. Working in pairs, have students explore the Bird Beak Gallery stills and guess the diet of each bird based on the shape of its beak. Discuss students' answers and have them read the accompanying background information. Ask them to compare what they read with their guesses.
3. Have student pairs explore the relationship between mouthparts and diet, using the Animal Mouths stills, the Anglerfish video , and the Deep-Sea Bestiary document. Ask students to cite specific examples from each media resource.
4. Ask students to consider this question as they watch the Unhinged! video:
After students have watched the video, discuss the following:
5. Have students examine the Jaws and Teeth of Mammals diagram and describe how the jaws and teeth of humans are adapted for an omnivorous diet.
6. Show the Ruminants video and then discuss the following:
7. Have teams of students complete the The King of Carnivores Lesson Plan activity sheet and present their animal adaptation analysis and their mouth model to the class.
8. Ask students to describe in detail: