Wanna see something gross? Yes, please!
I love focusing on owls during the month of October. We have a full week of everything owls - we read the mentor text Owl Moon, do a paired owl passage, and then complete Owl Pellets. This year my class was fortunate to have Donors Choose donors fund this project for us. We were given a class set of pellets, forceps, owl posters, gloves, and a nonfiction owl book as part of our project.
Once again it was a hit. The kids got down and dirty, and some wonderful parents were there to help the kids. Some parents spritzed the pellets with spray bottles, some parents offered encouragement. I always do this project outside - 2 huge pieces of butcher paper create a "table" for the kids. Each partner group has a styrofoam plate (because of all the water that is used to break up the pellet a paper plate just won't do). Each student also received a little bathroom cup to collect their bones and a pair of those blue forceps. I used to use metal tweezers, but these blue ones do not get lost as easily. I switched this year to the little bathroom cups since with big bowls they never clean the gunk off as well. When done, they dump their little batch of bones into a snack size ziplock bag and then head inside to sort and label their bones using the information sheet from Ideas by Jivey... Who am I kidding? I use a lot from Ideas by Jivey during this owl week of learning!
Hope this helped!