Fourth Graders Dissect Owl Pellets
Fourth grade Science has been studying ecosystems and adaptations, with a focus on owls. As a part of their study of owls, students had the opportunity to dissect owl pellets. Owl pellets contain the regurgitated bones and feathers of the owls' prey. The students discovered what the owls ate by pulling apart the pellet and sorting and classifying the small bones. Students had to guess what type of animal the owl ate, such as pocket gophers, voles, birds and shrews based on what they found in the pellets. The picture above shows the bones of a vole found in an owl pellet which a student formed into a skeleton. Integrating Language Arts with Science, Mrs. Hohendorf also had the class research barn owls, and read the chapter book, "Hoot", which is a story about saving barn owls.