Mr. Cook's science class at William Matthew Middle School dissected owl pellets last week. After they dissected the pellets they began categorizing the bones to see what exactly the owl had eaten.
Pellets are a record of what owls have eaten, and scientists can study them to learn more about the owl and the ecosystems in which they live. When kids dissect owl pellets, they can see and identify the tiny bones from that owl's meal and can learn about the owl's diet, and place it in the food web.
This hands-on activity allows for higher-level thinking such as analysis and evaluation and critical thinking. Great lesson, Mr. Cook!