My students are in a school that is 40% economically disadvantaged and live in the rural foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Our school encourages our students to strive for excellence.
One of our standards is comparing body systems across the Kingdoms.
For my students to reach excellence and fully understand this standard, we need owl pellets to identify organisms' skeletal bones and how they are similar and different to the human skeletal system.
One can only understand and visualize so much with notes, but dissecting owl pellets takes learning to a whole other level. Not only is it hands on learning, but they will always remember the different animal bones they will identify and compare.
Learning is retained when the lesson is applied. One of the standards students need to know involves comparing body systems across the Kingdoms.
By investigating, observing, and identifying skeletal remains in an owl pellet, students can compare those remains to the human skeletal system.
We can then discuss similarities and differences between the bones and how they may provide different functions in the various animals as compared to humans.
The students will take measurements of the owl pellet in SI format and then predict how many and what types of bones they may find. After they have dissected the pellet and gathered data, we will put it into chart form and compare across the room the data results.
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