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Mrs. Koenig from Sacramento CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hands-On Owl Pellet Analysis for Kindergartners

My students need gloves, masks tweezers, goggles, and owl pellets to dissect so they can have a safe, hands-on experience analyzing the diet of barn owls.

  • $187 goal

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My Students

"My students make me feel proud. People always say one person can't make a difference, but I have proof that these kids have made a difference." -Michelle Roosma

My students are very curious and energetic.

They are ecstatic and passionate about learning, just as I am about teaching them.

I teach in a Title I school, where about 90% percent of my students are English Language Learners and come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. Ninety-five percent of my students receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch.

My Project

Owl pellets are masses of bones, teeth, hair, feathers, scales, and insect skeletons. They are produced and regurgitated by owls and other raptors which swallow their prey whole or in large pieces. By dissecting the owl pellets, students will not only learn about owls, their diet, habitats, and characteristics, they will also gain an understanding of the following: predator/prey relationships, the vertebrate endoskeleton, food chains, and food webs in the owl's habitat.

Students will gain an understanding of the importance of how living things interact with the environment.

This project will include a display of the reconstructed skeletons and the food web the owls belong to in an effort to share what the students have learned with the rest of the school. Students will also use the data collected from this project to practice representing data as line plots, bar graphs, and pictographs. The gloves, goggles, and dust masks will help keep fur and debris off students' hands and out of their eyes as they complete the owl pellet dissection experiment.

Dissecting owl pellets will give students the opportunity to discover what small vertebrates make up the owl's diet, study the skeletal remains of the prey and discuss the importance of owls in the environment.

The owl pellets you would be donating will allow students to work with other young "biologists" using not only science, but also art, language arts, and math.

Mrs. Koenig
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pellets Barn Owl Pellet, Small (Pack of 20) • Amazon Business $29.69 2 $59.38
Instapark Valuepak Series SG20 General Purpose Safety Protective Goggles with Black Frame & Clear Lens, 12 per Pack • Amazon Business $14.95 2 $29.90
First Voice TS-4917-100 Plastic Forceps/Tweezers (Pack of 100) • Amazon Business $19.49 1 $19.49
Universal 4528 Non-Toxic Disposable Dust & Filter Safety Masks (50 Count Box) • Amazon Business $7.77 1 $7.77

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