Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



What's for Lunch?

Grade 3

Give your third-grade students a fascinating method to understand how scientists study the three consumer categories (herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore). Emphasis is placed on using the scientific method to determine consumer category based on dentition.

Students are given the opportunity to collect data on teeth from skulls of endangered species studied by National Zoo scientists, develop a hypothesis about what each animal might eat and why, and then confirm their conclusions using a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Mammal Identification Guidebook to determine the consumer group of each skull.

Virginia Science Standards Reference: 3.1, 3.5

We have a 'per program' fee structure: $50 for local counties [Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren, Winchester (City of)], $100 for non-local. There is also an extra surcharge of $25, per program, for non-school outreach program requests.

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  • Grade level(s) and class size(s)
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SCBI Front Royal Education Office
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630
fax: 540.635.6551