Grade Level: Elementary & Middle School
Discipline: Life Sciences, Food Chains, Owl Pellet Dissection
Standards: Florida Standards
5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the idea that matter that is not food (air, water, decomposed materials in soil) is changed by plants into matter that is food. Examples of systems could include organisms, ecosystems, and the Earth.]
In this activity, students will research the food chain of an owl. Students will be working in partners to dissect the owl pellet. They will analyze the owl pellet and determine what the owl ate. Then, they will compare the bones on the chart. Students will ultimately compare their findings with another group.
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Ward's® Owl Pellets
Approach the study of raptors and their hunting characteristics from an entirely different aspect with these dehydrated, preserved owl pellets.
Ward's® Introduction to Owl Pellets Lab Activity
Regurgitated owl pellets contain the indigestible parts of their prey. By dissecting an owl pellet, students can identify the small animals that are prey for the owls.
Owls and Owl Pellet Dissection Resources
Interactive, hands-on, and digital resources about owls, owl pellet dissection, and prey identification.