The “Spooktacular Skulls” program captivated third grade students in Emilee Berwanger’s class at Wilder Elementary School.
October 16 was Fall Back into Digital Learning Day, hosted by the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration. Free programs were provided to participating classrooms every hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with 30 minutes of programming followed by 15 minutes of live question and answer time.
Third grade students in Emilee Berwanger’s class at Wilder Elementary School participated in a program called “Spooktacular Skulls,” provided by the California Academy of Sciences. The youngsters learned that although skulls cannot talk, they communicate a lot with their teeth and eye sockets. The children were invited to become science detectives in order to solve the mysteries skulls impart. By looking at an animal skull, they tried to figure out what type of food it ate; whether it was a predator or prey; and what type of animal it was. Then they got to watch a live colony of flesh-eating beetles in action as they devoured flesh from bones. Berwanger said her pupils loved the “super fun” experience and were thrilled when the presenters read their questions and answers aloud for all to hear.