The 6th graders came in at the end of the day, so I decided to do a quick overview of local birds with the kindergartners naming them off for the older students.
Then I did a lesson on owls. I did a PowerPoint slideshow teaching them about the owls of South Dakota where I displayed a photo and played the song/call of each owl. They quickly learned that not all owls hoot. I also showed some photos of the prey that owls eat. I told them what I knew about each one and I threw in some experiences that I've had with owls.
Then I told them about how owls cannot digest the fur and bones of their prey, so they cough it up in the form of a pellet. Next, the older kids paired up with a kindergartner and they dissected an owl pellet. Then they compared the bones that they discovered to that on a chart. We found that most of the pellets had rodent bones and one had eaten a bird.
I imagine that you are thinking that this is gross, but kids seem to find it fascinating and so do I. It is a good learning experience because it teaches them about anatomy, the food chain and it gets them thinking deeper and piecing the puzzle together. Its a bit like being a detective. The students were all actively engaged in the activity and having great conversations about what they were finding. Like I said...this is what teachers love to see!
|The cousins got to work together today.|
|Little brother and big sister are in a group with a friend.|
|There were lots of good questions being asked today.|
|Some of them made a good friend!|
|They glued the bones to a piece of paper.|
|They compare the bones to the bone sorting chart.|
|Twenty-five active learners!|