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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Owl Pellets!

One of the many science projects we did at the end of the year was to dissect owl pellets. While is was not an actual standard for my 6th graders, it was a fun activity and we incorporated some writing into it as well. 



If only you could see the looks on their faces when we first started this activity. They were freaking out! The teacher next door came over to see what all of the fuss was about - although he was laughing when he saw them!


If you're interested in doing this activity, you can choose a free owl pellet dissection sheet here at TpT. We simply used spoons and unused pencils (and eventually they all dug in with their hands) to dissect. However, tweezers, toothpicks, and gloves would probably be better choices.


If you want to order the owl pellets yourself, you can get a set of five or a set of 30 - depending on how many students you have. I had six of them, so we were able to work in small groups. 

             

There might be an odd smell in your room when you are working on these, so make sure to have some spray on hand. Also - if you have students with pet dander allergies they could flair up. One way to combat this is to have everyone wear face masks (which gives it a more "important" and scientific feel anyway!).

If you've done owl pellets in your classroom before, I'd love to hear how it went or any other suggestions you may have in the comments below!
~HoJo~

3 comments:

Shawna said...

Hey Heather,
I have always wanted to do owl pellets but never the opportunity! It sounds like your kids had a great experience.
Shawna
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

Elizabeth Mitchell said...

Hi Heather,
My classroom theme is owls and I have always wanted to do this with my kids. I have 2/3 high ability kiddos...I think it would work, do you? Thanks for your tips! Beth

Heather W said...

Elizabeth - I definitely think it would work! You will probably have to lay out the ground work better than I did for my 6th graders, but I've taught 2nd/3rd graders of regular ability that I KNOW could have handled this. Please come back and tell me all about it! :)