This Friday, we learned about the wonderful world of owls. We started the lesson by reviewing what students already know about these fascinating birds. Then, we learned even more by reading together a book about owls. Afterwards, students worked in pairs on a worksheet identifying various body parts of an owl. We discussed adaptations that make owls excellent hunters and also talked about their diet.
When owls eat their prey, they swallow the whole body instead of chewing it like we do because they have no teeth. The nutritious parts of their catch are digested while the indigestible parts like bones and fur are compressed into a pellet, which is regurgitated by the owl when it is ready to eat again. In the next activity, students had an opportunity to dissect an owl pellet and examine its contents. It was amazing to see those little bones and skulls inside the pellets. We finished the lesson by making an owl puppet from paper lunch bags. Students loved the owl craft.