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Owl Pellet Study Kit for Classrooms

Item# PM-OWLCLAS

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Quick Overview:
Learn about barn owls and what foods they like to eat as you dissect an owl pellet.
Grades 3-8

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WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Shipping Note: This item contains preserved specimens and only ships to a street address in the 50 US states.

Owl Pellet Study Kit for Classrooms

Item# PM-OWLCLAS

Learn about barn owls and what foods they like to eat as you dissect an owl pellet! This complete classroom owl pellet study kit includes materials for 30 students plus a six page teacher's guide with information on food webs and habitats, the unique anatomy of a barn owl, and more.

The classroom owl pellet study kit is designed for up to 30 students to work in pairs and includes 15 large owl pellets (1.5" or larger) and 30 student worksheets with full dissection instructions as well as a diagram of a rodent skeleton to help identify bones. The teacher's guide has background information, additional ideas for classroom activities, and includes two additional reproducible worksheets: food web and a dichotomous key for skull identification. The large owl pellets in this kit are foil wrapped and dry heat sterilized.

Safety Information: Our owl pellets have been dry heat sterilized for a minimum of 4 hours at 250°F to kill bacteria and viruses naturally present. Even so, we highly recommend that you follow these guidelines when working with owl pellets:

  • Work in a place separate from eating and food preparation areas.
  • Use disposable latex gloves or nitrile gloves during the dissection and cleanup.
  • Use a disposable tray or plate to contain the owl pellet during dissection. Do not dissect directly on desks or table tops.
  • Use only dissection tools provided. Do not let children use pencils or other personal items for dissection. Kids like to use our economical plastic forceps to take apart the owl pellet.
  • Use a sanitizer with paper towels or disposable sanitizing wipes to thoroughly wash hands, work areas, and any dissection tools when finished. Household bleach in a 1:10 solution can be used as a sanitizer.
  • Make sure everyone thoroughly washes their hands with soap and water after the dissection and cleanup.

Owl Pellet Study Kit for Classrooms

  • 15 large owl pellets, 1.5" or larger
  • 30 wooden probes
  • 15 plastic forceps
  • 30 student worksheets with instructions and bone identification chart
  • Teacher's guide that includes two additional reproducible worksheets
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A Bargain Review by
As well as being a homeschool mom, I teach science at a private school. When I found out very few of my HS Biology class had ever done an owl pellet I ordered this kit, after weighing all the choices. It ended up giving the most bang for the buck. I had 30 students doing the dissection. The only thing I added were foam plates and gloves. The pellets are large, the handouts excellent - loved the dichotomous key! The tools are included. Just fyi, I don't think the teacher guide included is the same thing as the Owl Pellet Guide: Advanced, but it is enough. Also, we saved the skulls and used them for another mammal lab. Highly recommended kit.
Great kit Review by
This kit was perfect for our Science co-op. The kids enjoyed putting together bones and discovering what owls ate.
Great value Review by
I ordered this for a combined 4th/5th grade class. The teacher materials that came with it were better than what was included in our curriculum. While the students were hesitant at first as they thought it was going to be gross, they were soon unwilling to stop. We only used about half of our pellets, but each was full of bones with at least two skulls in each. I can't wait to do this again next year!
Owl Pellets and Jr. Highers! Review by
This kit was great to use with our Classical Conversation group of kids. The handouts are fabulous and the kids really enjoyed matching the bones they found with the printout of the skeleton on the back. The tools worked well, but we found a little utility knife was also needed to help separate the pellet. They had multiple specimens in each pellet. I would highly recommend this product if you have a large group of students to work with.
Loved it!!! Review by
I ordered this kit to use for our co-op middle school science lab (5th - 8th). Several of them thought it was gross, but then they really got interested & I had a hard time getting them to stop & clean up. The pellets were all nice size & FULL of bones & other stuff. Definitely worth it!!!!

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