At Oakwood we want our students to be as excited about learning at sixty as they are at 6, 7, 8, 9, etc. That's why our teachers present curriculum through their own inventive ways. Our fourth-grade on-campus and remote students have been hard at work learning all about owls. They began with a discussion of characteristics that make owls members of the birds of prey. Next, they researched various types of owls and used the reading to identify unique features and structures of owls. Then, the students discussed what an owl pellet is and how they form. To get experience with owl pellets, the students participated in an owl pellet dissection. They made observations of the owl pellets during this lab and used a bone identification chart to sort the bones. After sorting bones and keeping a tally, the students used their findings to decide what creatures their owl had eaten.
After discussing the physical features of owls, the life cycle of owls, and their diet, they culminated their unit with a visit from the local Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (W.E.R.C.). W.E.R.C. staff shared with the students the "Silent Hunters Program." During the program, our students delved deeper by participating in "a study of native California owls, observing the natural habitat of a live owl, and examining various hands-on specimens including skulls, bones, feet, talons, wings, and feathers." It was an exhilarating way to conclude their lessons.