Owl Pellets


Owl Pellets (3rd-5th) 

Students learn about the adaptations owls have that allow them to swallow their prey whole – including bones, fur, and teeth! They will then dissect an owl pellet to gather data about the owl’s diet. Students can go on to learn about several other owl adaptations including stereo eyesight, keen hearing (and uneven ears), and silent feathers. Potential allergens: hair, feathers, fur.

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Lesson Overview

Students will:

  • Be introduced to the digestive adaptations of humans, anacondas, and owls
  • Dissect owl pellets and use a bone chart to identify prey animals from bones recovered
  • Determine what their owl’s diet consists of and share findings. Optionally they can formulate a hypothesis about the type of owl and habitat that produced their pellet
  • Study adaptations such as ear placement & head rotation and share ideas with the class

Lesson Objectives 

Students will be able to:

  • Dissect an owl pellet and identify the excavated bones
  • Investigate what an owl pellet is and why owls produce pellets

This lesson is aligned with these Next Generation Science (NGS) Standards.

Standards Covered

Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI)

LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – LS4.C Adaptation

  • (3rd-5th) Particular organisms can only survive in particular environments.

Science & Engineering Practice (SEP) 

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

  • (3rd-5th) Make observations and/or measurements to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence for an explanation of a phenomenon or test a design solution.

Crosscutting Concept (CCC)


  • (3rd-5th) Patterns can be used as evidence to support an explanation.
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