Owl pellet dissection brings fascinating finds into fourth grade

Sharing their discoveries

This month, students in Ms. Fox's class dissected owl pellets as part of the 4th grade science curriculum. A pellet, in ornithology, is the mass of undigested parts of a bird's food that some bird species occasionally regurgitate. The contents of a bird's pellet depend on its diet, but can include the exoskeletons of insects, indigestible plant matter, bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, and teeth.

The unit is "always a great time and the discoveries that are made are fascinating," said Ms. Fox.

Working together to dissect

Deep in the work of dissection

Fourth graders make discoveries


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