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Mr. Fox from Belmont CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

What's for Dinner? Owl Pellet Analysis

Help me give my students gloves, masks, goggles, and owl pellets to dissect so they can have a safe, hands-on experience analyzing the diet of barn owls.

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My Students

These fourth graders are motivated, hard-working, and inquisitive students who really love scientific exploration and environmental science. They have a special interest in learning about and protecting the the earth, especially the plants and animals that live here.

They take school very seriously and love to impress adults with how smart and talented they are.

Many of these students are English Language Learners and children who come from low-income families. They benefit from hands-on, kinesthetic learning and absolutely love getting involved in exciting STEAM projects at school with their class.

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 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. 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. I have also requested a few synthetic owl pellets so that students with severe allergies can still participate without being exposed to allergens.

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.

Mr. Fox
Grades 3-5

This project will reach 50 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Large Barn Owl Pellets (Pack of 15) Dissection Kit • Amazon Business $42.95 2 $85.90
The Safety Zone GNEP-SM-1P Nitrile Exam Gloves - Medical Grade, Powder Free, Latex Rubber Free, Disposable, Non Sterile, Food Safe, Textured, Indigo Color, Convenient Dispenser Pack of 100, Size Small • Amazon Business $7.89 2 $15.78
First Voice TS-4917-100 Plastic Forceps/Tweezers (Pack of 100) • Amazon Business $11.54 1 $11.54
Universal 4528 Non-Toxic Disposable Dust & Filter Safety Masks (50 Count Box) • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88

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