Owl Pellet Lesson Plan
|Learner objectives: Student will be able to accurately
construct and identify a skeleton from the bones dissected from an owl
pellet and identify the animal.
||Materials: plastic container, owl pellet, tweezers,
paper towels, sandwich bags, construction paper, glue, instruction sheets,
|Skills: Scientific method (taught earlier) Cooperative
learning, investigation, six inch voices, on task, eye contact
||Evaluation: Owl pellet rubric completed
by student and teacher.
Discuss: What is an owl pellet?
Distribute and discuss instruction sheets
Model the technique for dissecting a pellet.
Distribute and discuss rubric
Divide students into pairs and give job tasks
Materials person pick up materials
Students dissect owl pellets
Teacher observes and notes techniques and social skills
Teacher models technique for preparing bones, pellet and
debris for storage. Students store bones, pellet and debris for use in
remainder of lesson
Encourage all students to wash hands carefully when finished.
NOTE: This is a good stopping point if you
need to split the activity into two sessions
Teacher will give verbal instructions for and will model
technique for gluing bones on construction paper and labeling the page.
Inform students that they may negotiate with other groups
if they find that they are missing any bones. As an alternative they may
draw in the missing bones on the construction paper. Keep a record of the
bones that were obtained from or given to other groups.
Teacher will review rubric with students
Remind students of the importance of neatness
Materials person retrieves project container containing pellet
and contents. also gets supplies
Student will identify bones, negotiate with other students
for missing bones, glue bones onto construction paper and label the bones
Students will use rubric to self-check to see if they have
completed all of the requirements students to Encourage students to wash
hands carefully when finished.
Brainstorm ways to analyze and catagorize what students find
in the owl pellets
Discuss what they will be looking for.
Emphasize that they need to work carefully.
Encourage students to try matching the bones to the diagrams
that have been distributed and write their hypothesis about what animal
is in the pellet (on sheet provided)
Unit designed by: Lisa Connell, Bev Johnson and Karren
Wcisel - Spring, 1997