Friday, November 9, 2012

Fun with Owl Pellets

I know it is almost Thanksgiving and turkeys are on the brain but I couldn't resist doing Owl Pellets with my first graders this year!  Our story of the week in our Reading Street unit was "Life in the Forest".  I wanted to make it entertaining when learning about the animal life around us, so I got online and bought the pellets!  I did it with my daughter and her friend just to see how it might go with Kindergartners before doing it with my First Graders.  They had a blast! 

I purchased Deanna Jump's Owl Unit and LOVED some of her ideas.  I also added a few of my own so it would go great with what we are currently learning.

I found this poem that I used when I first introduced our project.  We currently use poems to work on our "Phonics Chunk" identification.   I couldn't find who the author was so if anyone knows, please share:)  You can download a student copy by clicking HERE.  Deanna also has a cute poem in her unit.

We read "Owls" by Gail Gibbons which is a great informational book!  We used the information from the book to complete a tree map using "have, can, and are" and then made these super cute owl books which is also in Deanna's unit.

The students did some center activities with "ow".  They had to read sentences around the room and write the words with "ow".  Then they went back to the table and made a new sentence with the words.
They also made "ow" sentence books by unscrambling sentences and  adding them to the pages.
You can download these center activities by clicking the picture link below.
Then it was time for the pellets!  The kit came with posters of the Owl Food Chain, and the kinds of bones found in the pellets.  The students used the posters and matched the bones so they would know what it was they found.  It was a blast!!!


I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!


  1. Hi there!
    Great post! I am starting owls soon. I was just wondering where you ordered your owl pellets from?

    1. Hi Robyn! I ordered these from They have the option to by the elementary kit which has all the materials included except gloves. It was about $50 but well worth it!!

  2. I did this a couple of years ago with my first graders and they loved it. I need to do it again.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  3. You have a lot of activities about owls, now you gave me an idea for my children's free time. Thanks for sharing...

  4. I love teaching my kids about owls. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I was also wondering which company you used to order the pellets. It looks like it was money well spent.