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Mrs. Van Winkle from Desoto TX is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mr. Owl Whooo Did You Eat?

My students need these hands-on science items, like owl pellets, to continue to foster a love and excitement for science and learning.

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My Students

My students are very excited when it comes to hands-on learning in science and math. My class is very diverse in culture and economic levels, many of my students do not have opportunities to explore nature or the world outside of school hours.

They are full of questions and excitement when it comes to our science lessons.

When we explored animal habitats and food chains (webs) my students were so excited with the outdoor trips to our surrounding fields and outdoor playground that we extended our lessons with virtual experiments found over the internet. I know from past usage of real owl pellets my students will truly feel like a scientist and make the connection from the owl to their prey and the part each plays in a food chain.

My Project

With the 45 owl pellets, my students will get a hands-on look and feel of what real scientists deal with during an investigation, and stimulate their thirst for learning and exploration. My students will dissect their own pellet in order to identify and reconstruct the skeletons of prey that the owl had eaten, as well as to count the number of skulls in the pellet to determine the amount of food eaten and compare bones found on their owl pellet bone charts.

This investigation will allow students to collaborate on their findings with classmates.

Using tally marks students will discuss their findings on which type of bones they find and transfer their findings into a bar graph which will tie in math standards. We will read books on owls and their prey to give students background knowledge to add to their prior knowledge which brings in their reading. After this lab students will record results on their worksheets. They will be asked to make statements based on data. For example: What do we know about what owls eat? Were our predictions accurate? Was there anything in our data that surprised you?

I am asking for the trays to place the actual pellet on while dissecting and forceps will be used to gently remove all bones found.

Mrs. Van Winkle
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Large Barn Owl Pellets (Pack of 15) Dissection Kit • Amazon Business $42.95 3 $128.85
Delta Education Plastic Forceps (Pack of 15) • Amazon Business $9.97 3 $29.91
COLLAGE TRAYS 25 EACH 9X11 • Amazon Business $19.24 1 $19.24

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