Owl Pellet Lab With Nonfiction Text NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 5-LS2-1

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Dissecting owl pellets is by far the favorite activity of the year! Thank you for a helpful resource!
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Learning Objective

Students will learn about owls and how they fit into the ecosystem and food web. Students will learn about adaptations that owls have that help them to survive.


Owl Pellet Lab: Students will be engaged with this hands-on Owl Pellet lab and an informational text article on owls. Students will learn about owl adaptations and behavior. They will learn about how owls fit into the ecosystem. This resource includes a 5 E Inquiry based hands-on lesson on owl pellets, a several day CLOSE reading lesson using informational text, a 3 page informational text article, folds for interactive notebooks and worksheets for both the pellet lesson and the Informational text reading lesson. Includes Interesting reading passages with comprehension questions.

Students will learn about owls and their adaptations for survival. They will learn about owls place in the food chain and role in the ecosystem.

This resource is designed to address the Disciplinary Core Ideas for NGSS Ecosystem: Interactions, Energy and dynamics and Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes.

This resource also includes both a SMART board sort and a paper version of that sort for teachers who do not have a SMART board. The sort is self-checking in both versions.

This resource includes sorting cards for making a food chain with owls and discussing the flow of energy.

This resource includes text-dependent comprehension questions and lots of flaps and folds for interactive notebooks. It is aligned with NGSS Life science for 4th and 5th grade and CCSS 3rd, 4th and 5th grade for reading informational text. This unit is designed for 4th grade animal adaptions and 5th grade flow of energy but could easily be adjusted to other grade levels and other topics such as predator/prey, food chains and habitats.

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This unit includes my Owl Nonfiction Text Lesson that can be purchased individually

Owl Informational Text Lesson

AND my product

Owl Pellet Inquiry Lesson

Also included is SMARTBoard Activity Facts and Myths About Owls

NGSS Alignment:

NGSS 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support

survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

NGSS 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

For NGSS 4th Grade and 5th Grade

Next Generation Science Standards

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Total Pages
53 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


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