Antler Scoring

In this presentation, students measure antlers as biologists do. Biologist use this information to compare the health of a herd over time. Biologists are also studying antlers in the hopes of learning the secrets of rampant cell growth, secrets that may unlock cures to various forms of cancer. See attachment Antlers provide clues about animals.  

Grade 7 and 8 classes only.


Students will:

  • measure the number and length of points on each antler, length of main beam, circumference of main beam between each point
  • work in groups to measure antlers (using fractions), calculate totals, and compare different antlers

Preparation and set-up:

  • Students must be proficient in adding 8 different mixed fractions with a common denominator. 
  • presentation needs to be in a room (library, science room) so students can work in groups around table
  • students need pencils

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Curriculum Connections



Grade 7

N7.5 Develop and demonstrate an understanding of adding and subtracting positive fractions and mixed numbers, with like and unlike denominators, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically (limited to positive sums and differences).
SS7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of circles including circumference and central angles.