Forest Unit: Fabulous Science Activity!
As I mentioned yesterday, we did a lot of reading about owls to lead into the awesome science study on owls! We talked about the forest food chain (who eats whom) and then I asked them what owls ate. Owls eat mice, voles, snakes and other small animals. They swallow their prey whole and about eight hours later spit out the parts they can’t digest in a pellet of fur and bones. We talked and read about this in some detail… and then I brought out owl pellets for them to dissect! The kids raved and raved about this. This was one of the highlights of our year so far!
So here are the pics… I was so excited that I took over 40 pictures!
|The owl pellet as it was received. By the way, I know I paid a about two dollars per pellet but can’t seem to find where I purchased it! Sorry.|
|Everyone dug right in — ED was just as engaged and excited as DD and LD!|
|We looked through our mammal book and concluded these were mouse skulls.|
|The kids were so engaged and it went on so long, they asked me to start reading more about owls.|
|If you get the chance, I highly recommend doing this. What awesome, hands-on science!|
At first I couldn’t remember where I got these. Just wanted to add, I’m pretty sure I got my pellets from nature-watch.com. I got the large ones for $2.95. Here’s the link for the large owl pellets.
They have a free bone sorting chart here.
They state at their site: “Owl pellets have been carefully sterilized to ensure safety.”
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