Education Programs

STEM and Osteology Programs for the Oklahoma Community

We offer a variety of school visit experiences including standard-aligned programs which focus on specific topics through inquiry-based lessons. Our programming includes discovery labs in our classroom.

The Museum of Osteology offers unique learning experiences through a variety of classroom based activities designed to meet specific educational goals. Visitors are encouraged to develop keen observation skills, to generate questions, and to construct a personal understanding of the natural world.

All of the Museum of Osteology’s school aged programs meet current Oklahoma Academic Standards.

Programs are offered for groups of all ages including: K to 12th grade, college, and adults.

On-site Programs:

Programs should be schedule in advance through our website. Programs generally last between 30 minutes to one hour depending on age and topic. After the program students are encouraged to go into the museum and apply what they have learned.

 

What to expect when you arrive at the museum:

  • We will provide a short introduction to the museum including information on the animals in our collection, where the animals come from, and how specimens are prepared.
  • After the introduction, your group will meet in our classroom for their program.
  • If your class needs to be split into multiple groups we will rotate the groups between the classroom and the museum.
  • We have scavenger hunts available for your students while they are touring the museum.
  • Please be prepared to have at least one adult sponsor or teacher in the classroom during your program.

 

Outreach Programs at your location:

Want to get your students excited about a field trip to SKELETONS:Museum of Osteology? Outreach programs familiarize students with life science concepts and prepare them for their visit.

Can't come visit us? We can bring our programs and materials to your classroom and work directly with your students! 

To learn more about these exciting programs and/or to schedule a program, please call (405)814-0006 or email education@museumofosteology.org

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Skeletons in Motion

To survive, all animals have adapted to different types of movement. Learn how different animals move and then identify these forms of locomotion by examining a set of mystery hand or foot bones.

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.

Swim, Fly, or Run: Animal Locomotion

An animal's skeleton is shaped for the way the animal moves. Learn how to identify different forms of locomotion by looking at limb bones of a variety of animals. Then, use that knowledge to identify how a mystery specimen moves.

6th - 8th Grade

A "Mazing" Skulls

Raccoon, Opossum, or Coyote? Learn how to identify native Oklahoma animals by following a maze made up of choices between different features found on the mystery skulls. This class will teach students the important features of skulls and what these features tell us about the animal.

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.

9th - 12th Grade

Skeletal Pathologies

Analysis of an animal's bones can provide clues to the animal's life. Students will learn how to identify different abnormalities and how they would have impacted the animal in life and may have contributed to its death.

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls

Learn how to conduct a forensic investigation on human skulls. Students will learn how to identify trauma and disease on human skulls and determine how this evidence is related to the life and death of the individual. This program uses replica human skulls cast from real skulls including examples from individuals killed by disease, suicide and homicide. (Due to the lab based nature of the program please allow for at least 1 hour to complete this program)

College

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls

The skeleton can act as a record of the events in an individual's life. In this class students will learn how to identify features and pathologies on a human skull that can be used to help identify an individual and possibly be used to discover how the individual died. This program will teach the basics of sexing and aging human skulls as well as identification of trauma and disease present on the skull. This program uses replica human skulls cast from real skulls including examples from individuals killed by disease, suicide and homicide. (Due to the lab based nature of the program please allow for at least 1 hour to complete this program)

Skeletal Pathologies

The skeleton can act as the record of an animal's life. In this program students will learn to identify evidence of trauma and disease on animal bones. This class will provide hands on opportunity to students to see the effects of trauma and disease on bones first hand. Useful for both veterinary and human medical programs as animal skeletons often provide unique examples of the effects of disease and trauma on bone when left untreated.

Homeschool

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 evidence of trauma and disease found on a variety of animal bones. Examples of traumas include cancer's effect on bone, bullet damage, and blunt force trauma. (This program is not recommended for our youngest participants, 9 years and older please).

Reading Skulls: Tooth and Eye

"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 and tooth shape to identify predator/prey and identify skulls as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. Older student can be paired with younger ones to work together during the hands on portion of this program. This program is open to all school age children.

Adult/Child

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 evidence of trauma and disease found on a variety of animal bones. Examples of traumas include cancer's effect on bone, bullet damage, and blunt force trauma. (This program is not recommended for our youngest participants, 9 years and older please)

Skull Tooth and Eye

Learn how to read an animal's skull. The shape of the teeth and location of the eyes can tell us a lot about an animal. After examining the skulls of meat eaters, plant eaters and animals that eat both participants will work in teams to identify what their mystery skulls eat and if it is predator or prey. This program is open to all school age children and their guardian(s).

Adult

Forensic Osteology: Human Skulls

The skeleton can act as a record of the events in an individual's life. In this class participants will learn how to identify features and pathologies on a human skull that can be used to help identify an individual and possibly be used to discover how the individual died. This program will teach the basics of determining if a skull is male or female as well as age at death. Participants will also learn to identify trauma and disease present on the skull. This program uses replica human skulls cast from individuals killed by disease, suicide and homicide.

Oklahoma Animal Skulls

Have you ever found bones or a skull in the woods and wondered what type of animal they came from? Learn how to identify some common Oklahoma animal skulls. This program will allow participants the chance handle real skulls and learn the basics of identification.