Question to Explore
What can we learn about what owls eat by doing an owl pellet dissection?
- owl pellets (one per pair of students). I bought mine on Amazon!
- paper plate
- magnifying glass
- spray bottle of water (to loosen pellets)
- lab manual
- owl pellet chart
- dissection tools: tweezers, wooden or metal stick, scissors
- Explore the owl pellet chart and predict which animal bones you will find
- Gather supplies: paper plate, owl pellet, dissection tools, and gloves
- Unwrap the owl pellet, place it on the plate, and spray it with water
- Draw the outside of the owl pellet
- Begin breaking apart the owl pellet with scissors. Be careful not to break any of the bones
- When you find bones, clean them off and match them to the fossils on your owl dissection chart
- When all the bones have been dissected, count the number of each type of bone found
- Decide how you will organize your bones. Glue them onto a piece of construction paper and label each one
This video gives a great introduction to what owl pellets are:
I bought this great lab manual from Teachers Pay Teachers for $1!