Friday, May 16, 2014

Owl Pellets

Thanks to Donor's Choose, our owl pellet experiment got funded! Ohmiword, the screams of excitement were almost too much :) I loved every second of watching them explore. I should have taken a picture of their thank you notes, but I didn't think of it. They thanked their donors for the "experience" and said "it was the best day of their lives". I have never seen a class that loves science and exploring more than this one. This was well worth the time writing the Donor's Choose project. If you haven't written one, do it! You will not regret it!

I ordered fiction and non-fiction books about owls and birds. We read them throughout the week and reviewed story elements, text features, and comparing. You can get two freebies here that I made to go with what we learned.

I also ordered tweezers and magnifying glasses for each student to get one.

I allowed the students to play with the tweezers and magnifying glasses first, to get that out of the way. They also set up their paper towels, paper, and made their space neat and tidy.

Then they DUG IN!! At first, they were apprehensive to touch the pellet, but that didn't last long!

We found tons of skulls, which they loved. I made a poster out of the page in the booklet. The kids used the poster to identify the bones and put them on the table.

Pure. First Grade. Bliss.
I'm going to miss these babies!

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