It was the day Knapp Forest Elementary first-graders knew was coming: the day teacher Lana Tran would have them put on their scientist caps — in this case, in the homemade form of birds — and dissect owl pellets. “That’s a ball that an owl throws up that has bones and feathers and all the stuff he can’t digest,” Gabe explained when called on. “And why do owls eat animals whole?” Tran asked. “Because they don’t have any teeth,” Christian said. “And how will we know if an owl ate a bird?” Tran wanted to know. “There might be a feather in it,” Amelia said. Dissecting owl pellets is a tradition for first-graders when they are learning about animals. Students study a variety of animal classifications and learn from numerous hands-on activities. To read more about the owl dissection and what the students found out about what owls eat, click here for the complete story on School News Network.
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