Lately Wednesdays have become our day to explore a little deeper and today was no exception. Way back on Halloween Ms. Lirenman was given an owl pellet for us to explore. So many things happened since then and today we finally found the time to dive into the owl pellet.
We started our day with Ms. Lirenman showing us the owl pellet. We used the table magnifier to check it out. A big thank you to My Classroom Needs for donating the $$ to pay for these.
Many of us had curiosity questions so Ms. Lirenman introduced us to the website Today's Meet where we could share some of our wonders and ask questions. Some of us worked together and others worked on our own.
Here is some of what we wrote.
Then Ms. Lirenman put the owl pellet under the document camera, zoomed in real big and slowly started to pull the owl pellet apart. We were amazed by what we saw. She then divided all that was found into eight stations and we rotate through each station with a couple of friends. We had our own individual magnifying classes so we could look a little closer. Another huge thank you to My Class Needs for donating the money to purchase these too. We also brought our iPads around with us so we could capture some documentation. Here are some photos of that.
Here are some of the things we saw up close.
One student suggested that maybe we could find a skeleton of a mouse and project it on the screen so we could compare what we were seeing with where it might be found on the skeleton. Ms. Lirenman loved the idea and quickly found us this skeleton. It was exciting to recognize bones right in front of us to bones on the skeleton picture.
When it was time to head outside Ms. Lirenman collected all the samples and put them in our special magnifying containers which we also received from My Class needs. Now we can revisit the owl pellet over and over again for a while.
After lunch we continued with our Owl Pellet day by taking our images and labelling them using the iPad app Skitch, and then creating a collage using the PicCollage app Here are a few photos of us doing just that.
These images below are some screen shots from our student blogs but you really should go check out our individual blog posts.
At the end of the day we returned to the Today's Meet and added comments about what we learned or saw in the owl pellet. Here are some of those comments.
As you can see it was an extremely successful day of looking closely and exploring owl pellets. We can't wait to see what we get up to next Wednesday.