Meateaters and Planteaters

Meateaters and Planteaters is an hour classroom presentation showing the different physical characteristics and behaviours of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Please have your class divided into 5 groups and have a space available where the students can work around tables (e.g. library, science room). The presentation requires 2 large tables to put the following animal mounts and skulls on:

Raccoon Rabbit Falcon Martin Sharp-tailed Grouse Scaup
Merganser Bat Bear Skull Deer Skull Beaver Skull Fox Skull
Badger Skull Skunk Skull Weasel Skull Mink Skull Hare Skull Lion Skull

Presentation includes students participating in aging deer by looking at the teeth in deer jaws.  The class will be divided into 5 groups for this activity.  

The following terminology should be reviewed with students prior to the presentation: (see attachment at bottom for definitions)

Carnivore Herbivore Omnivore Scavenger
Predator Prey Incisors Canines
Molars Binocular Visioin Monocular Vision Cusp
Dentin Enamel    



Curriculum Connections
Grade 4
HC4.1 Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals, including humans, within habitats and communities A,F
  Science HC4.2 Analyze the structures and behaviours of plants and animals that enable them to exist in various habitats A,C,G,I,J
Grade 6 Science DL6.2 Examine how humans organize understanding of the diversity of living things A,D
  Science DL6.3 Analyze the characteristics and behaviours of vertebrates (i.e., mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish) and invertebrates B,C,E
  Science DL6.4 Examine and describe structures and behaviours that help:

  • individual living organisms survive in their environments in the short term
  • species of living organisms adapt to their environments in the long term
Grade 7 Science IE7.2 Observe, illustrate, and analyze living organisms within local ecosystems as part of interconnected food webs, populations, and communities I,J

Presentation Outline64 KB
How to Age a Deer29.64 KB
Meat-Eater and Plant-Eater Vocabulary17.42 KB