Workshop: Skullduggery (1)

Join zoologist educator Catherine McGuinness and investigate and handle different animal skulls to find out what teeth, eye sockets, nasal cavities, and skull shape can tell us about an animal, their diet and senses. Dates for this very special workshop are limited so to avoid disappointment please book early.

Zoology educator Catherine McGuinness showing an animal skull to students

Workshop at a glance

Level 3rd - 6th Class
Group size Designed for groups of 30 maximum
Location National Museum of Ireland, Natural History, Merrion Street
Duration 60 minutes
Dates No dates for 2018 term

Wheelchair accessible



Curriculum Links

SESE Science

Investigating and experimenting
Collect information and data from a variety of sources

Living things
Human life; Plant and animal life

Environmental awareness and care
Environmental awareness; Science and the environment; Caring for the environment



Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a greater knowledge of skull morphology
  • Increased knowledge on how zoologists gain information on animal skulls and why it is important
  • Awareness of conservation and wildlife protection versus endangered and extinct species

Learn about:

  • What is a skull and the different parts of a skull
  • The different types of teeth and what they are used for
  • The difference between omnivore, herbivore and carnivore
  • The importance of eye placement when analysing animal skulls
  • Why animals are hunted for their skull parts and why we should protect endangered wildlife from hunting



Resources & Suggestions

Before Your Visit 

Make the most of your visit to the Museum. Why not take a 3D virtual tour of the Natural History Museum in the classroom with your students.

Prepare the class for the visit - give them an idea of what to expect to see or have a discussion about the Museum in advance of the visit. Other topics you might like to cover might include biodiversity, endangerment & extinction, predator-prey interactions, camouflage and animal prints, conservation, different rock types or how fossils are formed.

After Your Visit

Here are some ideas for post-visit activities to build on and reinforce what you have learned:

  • Ask students to look at different images of skulls and decide if it belongs to a predator/prey, and an omnivore/herbivore or carnivore.