Cool! That’s so GROSS!
Science isn’t always neat and tidy — it’s sometimes “GROSS!” Blood, vomit, brains, and pellets aren’t things you always want to talk about, but they provide valuable information about animals and how they live.
We can expand the way we think about the world by exploring the interesting world of animals and the so-called “gross” things about them. Explore why vomit is important, play a bloodsucker’s game and do some dissecting to learn more about how “gross” things are actually “cool”!
- describe why vomiting is beneficial to both humans and other animals.
- explain how scientist can determine what an animal eats by examining its waste.
- dissect an owl pellet and reconstruct the bones of the owl’s regurgitated waste.
Animals are amazing for snuggling and can be excellent playmates — we even keep some animals as pets and love them like our family. But have you ever thought about how your pet’s brain works or about its bodily excretions? Probably not! Scientists, however, do explore the gross sides of animals physiology and behaviour in order to learn more about them.
Look to the “Introduction” section of each activity for more information about the specifics of:
- How a housefly uses vomit to feed
- How leeches travel
- How we can learn about owl’s diets and habitat by dissecting their pellets
- How the different parts of the brain function
Download Animal Grossology (full lesson PDF)
List of Activities
Science World at TELUS World of Science | School Workshop | Grossology
Science World at TELUS World of Science | Bodyworks Gallery
Science World | Online Games | Bodyworks Online Games
The Ohio State University | Domestic Flies