Here are a few snaps from the day.
This duo was so excited to find a feather in their pellet!
I must admit, some students were frustrated by the amount of ribs they found. They are a lot trickier to identify!
This crew was amazed by how much fur they found in their pellet.
This pair scored two skulls in their pellet!
The class came to conclude that the pellets packed with dirt were harder to dissect due to the texture and density of the pellet. The ones filled with feathers and fur were easier to take apart, so those groups ultimately found more bones.
I wanted to assess their prior knowledge a few day prior to the experiment. I knew several students had dissected owl pellets in the past. However, I wanted to see if the others knew what they would encounter during the dissection.
I created a series of graphic organizers and worksheets for pre, during and post dissection.
The pre dissection sheets are available in two different forms: one is a graphic organizer that is scaffolded for students who are new to this concept. The other is an open response writing template.
I also included placards for the names of the scientists dissecting the pellets and a display sign for their writing pieces.
This set is available in my TpT shop.