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Posted on May 19, 2015

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week – Grade 3 Owl Pellets


While reading the fictional novel There’s an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George, Gillispie Grade 3 students researched facts about owls.

Last week, the classes dissected owl pellets. An owl eats small rodents, birds, and bugs, but its stomach cannot digest the fur, bones, teeth, feathers, and insect shells from that food. These “extra” parts are formed into tight pellets and are later spit up by the owl.

In order to make the pellets safe for the children to handle, they were heated to a high temperature making them safe for the children to handle. The students excitedly broke apart the pellets searching for animal bones. Children found small leg bones, talons, and animal skulls. They then organized their findings by cross referencing an identification guide.

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