Lesson Plan

Guess Hoo's for Dinner

An owl stares at the camera.

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Lesson Duration:
60 Minutes


After completing this program, 4th and 5th grade students will be
able to:
1. List and explain three unique hunting adaptations of owls.
2. Describe what an owl pellet is, why owls produce them and how
they are produced.
3. Name at least three things that might be found in an owl pellet.
4. Demonstrate the vocalizations owls make and why.


What can you learn about owls in Sequoia National Park? This predator/prey discovery program is complete with food web discussions and owl pellet (replica) dissection. Students will perform their own owl pellet dissection and identify prey using their new knowledge of skull and bone characteristics.


Download Pellet Dissection Worksheet

Download 4th Grade Pre-Visit Activity

Download 4th Grade Post-Visit Activity

Download 5th Grade Pre-Visit Activity

Download 5th Grade Post-Visit Activity

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Last updated: January 5, 2017