My Prairie class students do! Owls are the topic of our first student-generated project of the year.

Looking for owls.
Looking for owls.

This fall, my first and second graders have spent much time, energy and deep thinking to find out all we could about owls.

The owl pellet that started it all!
The owl pellet that started it all.

During our during our student-generated project we have:

– Pored over books, manuals, and printouts to find any reference to owls.

– Used each trip outside to explore the topic of owls; observing, hypothesizing, and just plain pondering.

– Collected signs of owls (an owl pellet is what got us excited about owls!) and recorded our observations.

– Watched the growing owlets on a webcam in South Africa. If you haven’t checked on these Spotted Eagle owls on the webcam, lately you will be surprised how they have changed and are ready to go outside their potted plant home.

– Wondered whether we should ask the city to consider leaving old trees in our parks for owls to live in.

Writing about owls.
Writing about owls.

“We went to the park to find an owl. I drawed a picture of an owl feather. It was really fun.”  – 2nd grader

Looking for signs of owls
Looking for signs of owls
Recording our owl observations.
Recording our owl observations.

“This is a tree with owl holes…we think. Some kids claimed they saw a baby something in a hole. A few days ago some kids heard a noise at the park. It was like…bu, bu ,bu.”  2nd grader

Does an owl live here?
Does an owl live here?