• Crocodile Skull
    Academy Educators are ready to share our skulls collection with you this Halloween!
  • Skulls program layout
    Have your students on camera or use a chat box to answer whether is animal is a Predator or Prey!
  • preditor teeth
    Academy educator displaying the teeth of a predator

Looking to make Halloween excitement into a fun science experience? Come face-to-face with a diversity of spooktacular skulls! Watch a live colony of flesh-eating beetles in action as they devour and clean flesh from bones. Examine eye sockets, teeth, and other features to find out if mystery skulls were predator or prey. 

This program supports the Next Generation Science Standards by focusing on the Crosscutting Concept: Structure and function.

Classrooms everywhere are invited to join this FREE webchat!

Dates: Friday, Oct 27th; Monday, Oct 30th; and Tuesday, Oct 31st
This program will be broadcasted twice on Oct 27th & 31st.
Times: 9:00am PT (12:00pm ET) or 10:10am PT (1:10pm ET)
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: Free!
Target Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Interactivity Options: Teacher using a Chat Box

What to expect during this Special Live Event
Educator talks to students about skulls

Although skulls cannot talk, they communicate a lot with their teeth and eye sockets. In the 45 minute program, your 3rd – 5th graders will be invited to become Science Detectives to solve the mysteries skulls communicate. Science Detectives will bite into our first mystery. What would have this animal skull eat? Then together we will solve a mystery that is looking at us straight in the face. Was this animal a predator or prey? Then we will practice our detective skills to solve what type of animals are 2 mystery skulls. Finally we will watch a live colony of flesh-eating beetles in action as they devour and clean flesh from bones.

This program is designed to be interactive in nature!
Students will have the opportunity to ask Academy science educators about their curiosities regarding skulls, the Academy Collection, and much more.

Technology required

Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and teachers will enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window.

To participate you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop, laptop computer, or tablet.
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • An updated version of the free application Zoom installed on your computer or tablet.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.

Groups are limited to no more than 75 students and no more than 3 classes for a single connection.

Check out what teachers said about last year's program!

"I am always looking for free resources. My curriculum is seriously out of date, so I often have to find online resources or spend my own money on science materials. I'm grateful that Cal Academy offers different programs and resources that are aligned to Next Gen standards and are available at low or no cost. Please keep providing these experiences for students. The Skulls presentation was more than I ever could have done in the classroom and fit in perfectly with what we have been learning (animal habitats, adaptations, food chains)."

- 3rd Grade, St. Lawrence O'Toole School, Oakland CA ​​

"We've been studying ecosystems, so it was very relevant. Plus we're a hunting/subsistence community in Alaska, so skulls are something they see on a regular basis."

– 3rd -5th Grades, Northway School, Northway AK

"They were also very engaged and like reading the comments of children from other schools as well. We recently studied the human body, so later in the day we discussed the experience then compared the predator/prey characteristics of animal skulls to the characteristics of the human skull.”

- 3rd Grade, Escuela Bilingue Internacional, Emeryville CA

Can't join us around Halloween? Check out other Special Live Events.

Grades: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Program Duration: 45 minutes
Price: Free
Time Slots: 9:00 am, 10:10 am