Monday, February 8, 2016

Food Chain CHAINS

As part of my Food Chain and Web unit I had my kids complete a "Food Chain CHAIN."  They choose a biome and created a project describing the transfer of energy from the producer, to consumers and decomposers.  Some went above and beyond and created many food chains and webs.  Every project gets better and better this year!
Here is another project that my students will be making this week, "Stacking Food Chain Tubes." They will create a food chain of their choice.  
You can create your own projects or purchase them.  Both of these projects are available in my new science unit "Pass the Energy" available on TPT for $7.00.
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Here are some new resources that I used this year.
Great picture book to explain the transfer of energy
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Large charts that show food chains and webs of biomes.  
Love how they stand up on table.
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Follow that Food Chain is like the Choose Your Adventure series.  Students pick their own chain and read about the organisms.  Great resource for projects in my unit.
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We dissected owl pellets to explore food chains and webs.
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Owl Pellets

What's For Dinner? 
How Does Energy Flow?

I wrote a grant that was funded by Donors Choose for owl pellets last September.  It was the perfect addition to my unit on Food Chains & Webs.  It was my first experience doing this activity and it was a huge success.  We spent three days dissecting, sorting, identifying, graphing and diagraming.  


I put the students in groups of 2.  The students worked together and were so engaged in the activity. We found mostly mice and a few shrews and moles.  Some pellets contained more than one skull.  Make sure you stock up on gloves, sanitizer and wipes.


We sorted the bones and created a class graph on the types we found.
One patient student tried to create a skeleton...she wants to be a paleontologist or archeologist.
  I think she is on the right track!!!
My students enjoyed this video...
warning the song will get stuck in your head!!!
Here is the company that I used, there are many places to order them:
All About Owl Pellets- fact sheet on Carolina.com
Pellets -  ordering info on Carolina.com

I have a subscription to Superteacher and I used their sheets for the lesson.
Here is a free resource that I used for owl adaptations.
 They also have info on Owl Pellets and Food Chains.
Barn Owl Trust