|Look below to see more about what the students found in their pellets!|
When I originally wrote the Donor's Choose project for a unit using Owl Pellets for a few of the grade levels, little did I know the fervor with which students would take to this project. Word traveled fast amongst the elementary ranks about the "dissection" that would be taking place in Think Tank. It soon became very clear that the Maury Community needed a new school-wide unit, especially given the sad state of our Maury Monarch Madness this year. ( Poor survival rate reasons still are unknown...)
|These are some of our finds! Stay tuned to this blog as students reconstruct their prey!|
Before I share too many other pictures, many of you reading this may wonder, "WHAT IS AN OWL PELLET? WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?" Click on those questions and you can complete a virtual dissection. If you are so inspired, please feel free to join us sometime in the next two weeks as we complete our study! Bottom line... owls swollow their prey whole. See? (PS: The following photographs were taken by my dad!)
|Prey partially in mouth|
|Almost all the way down!|
|Last but not least, the tail.|
Their digestive tracks cannot process fur, feathers or bones so as part of their process, they cast, or "throw-up" those items in a pellet form 6-10 hours after eating. The process is also thought to clean their system!
|4th graders working together to tackle their pellets with bone charts at hand.|
|PreSchool Students jumped right in for a look at the "Hands-On Science" Center during choice time.|
|Turns out little hands are perfect for little bones!|
Older students were just as engaged, many choosing to come and dissect more pellets even during recess!
|Student does a GREAT Coopers Hawk imitation!|
|Example of one of SIXTY-SEVEN questions 3rd graders had after Dan Rauch's presentation. I think we may have MANY budding Ornithologists.|
This is just the beginning! Stay tuned to the blog for how our Owl Pellet study unfolds. In the coming two weeks students will reconstruct the prey in each of their pellets to learn more about the owl that created it! This is just the beginning!
Until next time,
|Picture courtesy of my dad!|