Education Programs

STEM Programs for all ages

Each education program is designed to engage and motivate your students through  differentiated instructionstudent-centered activities,  and  science exploration. We have education programs for all grade levels and university students!

All Education Programs:

  • Activities in each program align with  Oklahoma Academic Standards  and  STEM principles
  • Encourage students to use  problem-solving skills  through  teamwork  and  communication
  • Focus on natural and  life science  themes and concepts
  • Integrate a fun,  hands-on  learning approach
Education Programs

Scroll down to explore each of our programs through our Teacher Pre-Visits for a complete list of Oklahoma Academic Standards each program follows, program descriptions, learning objectives, background information, vocabulary, and activities to do at SKELETONS to reinforce standards and learning objectives.

For an extended experience at SKELETONS, we also offer guided tours for your group!

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Tale of the Tooth

Discover how to tell what an animal eats by looking at the shape of its teeth. Students will learn how to identify what animals eat through a story, and then get hands on time with skulls to use their knowledge to discover what different animals eat.
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Move Like an Animal

All animals must move to survive but they do not all move in the same way. Students will learn how different animals move and how the bones of an animal’s hands and feet can give us hints about these animals movement.
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1st and 2nd Grade

To Tell the Tooth

Learn how to read a skull. Animals do not all eat the same thing and their teeth can give you clues about what an animal eats. After examining the skulls of carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores students will work in teams to identify what their mystery skull eats and then share their findings with the class.
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Locomotion: How Animals Move

Locomotion: How Animals Move familiarizes students with a key feature to animal survival; locomotion. Much can be learned from observing the bones associated with motion: diet, predator-prey relationships, etc. Participants will observe skeletal features that define a particular type of movement, and then name and imitate that movement.
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Owl Pellet Dissection

Did you know owls swallow their food whole, bones and all? After digesting what they can, owls regurgitate a little lump of fur and bones. These are called owl pellets. Dissecting an owl pellet and identifying the bones inside allows your student scientists to study the diet of owls.
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3rd - 5th Grade

Tooth and Eye "Dentification"

“Eyes in front animal hunts, eyes on side animal hides.” Skulls can tell us a lot, from what an animal eats to whether an animal is predator or prey. In this program students will learn how to read eye placement on a skull to identify predator and prey animals. They will also learn to read the teeth to identify skulls as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.
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Locomotion and Skeletal Adaptations

Locomotion and Skeletal Adaptations familiarizes students with a key feature to animal survival; locomotion. Much can be learned from observing the bones associated with motion: diet, predator-prey relationships, etc. Participants will observe skeletal features that define a particular type of movement, and then name that movement.
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Amazing Animal Adaptations

All animals have adaptations. Some help them to eat, while others help them from being eaten. In this class we will look at various osteological and external adaptations that help animals survive.
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6th - 8th Grade

Keys to Identification

Keys to Identification familiarizes students with dichotomous keys. Students will work in teams to locate and measure various skull features. Using dichotomous keys, students will identify various types of animals. Emphasis will be placed on the student’s ability to verbally communicate the identification process.
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Animal CSI

Read the bones to discover the story written in them. Students will be introduced to the world of forensic science and learn how to identify pathologies (evidence of trauma and disease) found on a variety of animal bones.
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9th - 12th Grade

Animal Pathology

Animal Pathology introduces students to forensic osteology in animals. After an introduction to bone pathology, students are placed in groups with the mission of unveiling what caused the abnormalities in the specimens. The activity is hands-on and students are engaged Socratically throughout the activity to enhance vital critical thinking skills. Students will later report their analysis to the class.
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Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls is a crime lab-based program focusing on the forensic investigation of various types of trauma to the human skull. After a basic introduction to skull osteology and lab procedures, students will break-up into teams using a variety of tools from their forensic science kit to evaluate and document key evidence to support their results. They will then defend their findings to the class. Museum quality replicas of human skulls-from actual crime scenes-are used in this program.
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Forensic Pathology: Human Skulls

Forensic Pathology: Human Skulls is a lab-based program focusing on the deviation from a healthy or normal structure or function to reveal an abnormality, illness, or malformation of the human skull. After a basic introduction to skull osteology, pathology, and lab procedures, students will break-up into teams to analyze defects to the human skull and associated dentition through blended learning. They will then defend their findings to the class. Museum quality replicas of human skulls are used in this program.
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College

Animal Pathology

Animal Pathology introduces students to the world of forensic science. After a basic introduction, students will break up into teams to evaluate (hands-on) the pathology of specimens as to the possible cause(s) of the abnormality. After the analysis is completed, teams will report their findings to the class.
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Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls is a crime lab-based program focusing on the forensic investigation of various types of trauma to the human skull. After a basic introduction to skull osteology and lab procedures, students will break-up into teams using a variety of tools from their forensic science kit to evaluate and document key evidence to support their results. They will then defend their findings to the class. Museum quality replicas of human skulls-from actual crime scenes-are used in this program.
DOWNLOAD Teacher Guide Forensic Osteology

Forensic Pathology: Human Skulls

Forensic Pathology: Human Skulls is a lab-based program focusing on the deviation from a healthy or normal structure or function to reveal an abnormality, illness, or malformation of the human skull. After an introduction to skull osteology, pathology, and lab procedures, participants will analyze defects to the human skull and associated dentition through blended learning. Each group will conduct a brief presentation of their osteometric evaluations. Museum quality replicas of human skulls are used in this program.
DOWNLOAD Teacher Guide Forensic Pathology