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Students will work in pairs to discover what is contained in these mysterious pellets found in "Farmer Brown's" barn. Learning unfolds with each new discovery: bones, feathers, and fur compacted together are the remains of an owl's dinner. In fifth grade, we learn how energy moves through the ecosystem - from the sun to the plants to the consumers. (LS.4.5.2, LS.4.5.3, LS.4.5.4) The Owl Pellets curriculum pack contains enough pellets for my students to work in pairs to dissect a pellet. I requested tweezers and gloves because, even though the owl pellets have been sterilized, I know there are some students who will not want to touch them. The curriculum pack also contains bone charts for each group to use so they can discover what their owl has eaten for dinner. This will be a real-life example of a predator and its prey. Since owl pellets contain bones from different animals, it will expand students' understanding from a simple food chain to a food web. The curriculum pack contains posters to illustrate the concepts that I want students to learn. Even though our school is classified as rural, I find that many students do not know about what is going on in the natural world in their own backyard. This year, I hope to emphasize the natural sciences in our local ecosystem, instead of looking to the rainforest, desert, or ocean that many of my students will never visit. "Protect the Rainforest" is the cry they have heard; I want them to understand why it is important to protect the forests they see every day. Exploring the life and diet of an owl will help us do just that.

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Students will work in pairs to discover what is contained in these mysterious pellets found in "Farmer Brown's" barn. Learning unfolds with each new discovery: bones, feathers, and fur compacted together are the remains of an owl's dinner. In fifth grade, we learn how energy moves through the ecosystem - from the sun to the plants to the consumers. (LS.4.5.2, LS.4.5.3, LS.4.5.4) The Owl Pellets curriculum pack contains enough pellets for my students to work in pairs to dissect a pellet. I requested tweezers and gloves because, even though the owl pellets have been sterilized, I know there are some students who will not want to touch them. The curriculum pack also contains bone charts for each group to use so they can discover what their owl has eaten for dinner. This will be a real-life example of a predator and its prey. Since owl pellets contain bones from different animals, it will expand students' understanding from a simple food chain to a food web. The curriculum pack contains posters to illustrate the concepts that I want students to learn. Even though our school is classified as rural, I find that many students do not know about what is going on in the natural world in their own backyard. This year, I hope to emphasize the natural sciences in our local ecosystem, instead of looking to the rainforest, desert, or ocean that many of my students will never visit. "Protect the Rainforest" is the cry they have heard; I want them to understand why it is important to protect the forests they see every day. Exploring the life and diet of an owl will help us do just that.

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