Owl Pellets – A Collaborative Project

Posted on December 6th, 2013 by erineder

Last week, our kindergarteners partnered with seventh grade life science students to study owl pellets. The kindergarten brought the owl pellets back from a field trip to Mendon Ponds Park to visit Wild Wings, a non-profit organization that cares for injured birds and runs educational programs.

The seventh graders, under the direction of AC science teacher Beth Guzzetta, prepared identification sheets and other information that was helpful for the project. They also loaded an owl pellet app from Carolina Biological Supply Company to use on their iPads. The app not only has skeleton diagrams and owl natural history, but also an interactive database where the kids could add their findings and look at what others have found in owl pellets from different regions of the country.

After the kindergarteners and their seventh grade partners dissected the pellets and extracted the bones, they set about laying the bones on the identification chart. They taped the bones down and then constructed paper plate owls and read books together. It was a great experience for all!

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