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Owl Pellets and Beyond (K-8)



  • curriculum binder
  • mounted owl specimen
  • 7 prey skull specimens
  • "Common Prey of the Barn Owl" display board
  • 35 plastic tweezers
  • 35 handlenses
  • owl pellets (NOTE: there is an additional charge of 75 cents per owl pellet)
  • Petri dishes (NOTE: there is an additional charge of 75 cents per Petri dish)
  • 7 sets of the "Outrun the Owl" board game
  • Books: "A Key-Guide to Mammal Skulls and Lower Jaws" by Aryan I Roest; "A Key to the Skulls of Noth American Mammals" by Bryan P Glass and Monte L Theis; "Owls: Their Natural and Unnatural History" by John Sparks and Tony Soper
  • Videos: "The Barn Owl: An Introduction to Owl Pellet Labs" and "Owls Up Close"


Owl Pellet Dissection: Have an unforgettable science experience as you discover the common prey of barn owls, learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify skulls, and test your own hypothesis about what barn owls eat.

Outrun the Owl: Learn about a food web involving barn owls and their prey, explore the resources animals need to survive, discover the impacts of natural and human activities on animal populations, and learn some fascinating trivia, all while playing this exciting board game!


California Content Standards

Grade Three

Life Sciences

  • 3b. Students know examples of diverse life forms in different environments, such as oceans, deserts, tundra, forests, grasslands, and wetlands.
  • 3c. Students know living things cause changes in the environment in which they live: some of these changes are detrimental to the organism or other organisms, and some are beneficial.
  • 3d. Students know when the environment changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce; others die or move to new locations.

Investigation and Experimentation

  • 5d. Predict the outcome of a simple investigation and compare the result with the prediction.
  • 5e. Collect data in an investigation and analyze those data to develop a logical conclusion.

Grade Four

Life Sciences

  • 2b. Students know producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and decomposers) are related in food chains and food webs and may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem.
  • 3b. Students know that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

Investigation and Experimentation

  • 6f. Follow a set of written instructions for a scientific investigation.

Grade Five

Investigation and Experimentation

  • 6a. Classify objects (e.g., rocks, plants, leaves) in accordance with appropriate criteria.
  • 6g. Record data by using appropriate graphic representations (including charts, graphs, and labeled diagrams) and make inferences based on those data.

Grade Eight

Investigation and Experimentation

  • 9d. Construct appropriate graphs from data and develop quantitative statements about the relationships between variables.