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Owl Pellets

In this activity (page 7 of the PDF), learners will investigate the contents of owl pellets. Learners will discover how owls digest their food as well as the kind of animals they eat. Although this activity was included as a post-visit for a workshop about the human body, it also makes an excellent stand-alone activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • Owl Pellets
  • Bone Identification chart (comes with pellets)
  • Water
  • Toothpicks
  • Tweezers (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Human Body
      • Digestion

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • Student Workshops


  • All Rights Reserved, COSI Columbus, ©2009


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