Pangolins

Whether you call it a walking artichoke, or a pinecone anteater, pangolins are pretty cool! The narrator of a video from a larger playlist exploring mammals introduces young zoologists to the pangolin from the specimen room of the Field Museum. The video includes a discussion of its habitat, food preferences, and unusual anatomy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils compare the pangolin with other similar creatures, such as the armadillo and anteater

Classroom Considerations

  • Follow up with a brief discussion on keratin and its supporting role in structures like hair and skin
Pros

  • The video does a thorough job of describing the physical features and behavior of the pangolin
  • Content is engaging and interesting for a wide variety of age groups
Cons

  • None
Common Core