Owl pellets are the indigestible parts of the prey that owls swallow whole. Owls then cough these parts up before being able to swallow their next victim. Students were fascinated to see what kind of creatures owls eat by pulling apart the tiny fur and feather balls. Inside, students found all kinds of bones and skulls of small rodents. This project not only used science and literacy skills, but also math skills, as the students created a graph of the most popular animals found in the pellets they dissected. Needless to say, this experiment was a hoot!
Riccardi Elementary School students in Bonnie Brown’s Grade 4 reading classes received a firsthand account about overcoming adversity recently when Matthew Brown, a blind teacher, visited the school to speak about his experiences as a visually impaired person. Mr. Brown was accompanied by Tanner, his seeing-eye dog.
Check out this STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activity which inspired creativity, honed engineering skills, and illustrated the value of recycled materials.
Jill Brandt’s Grade 4 students at Riccardi Elementary were getting creative during a recent Social Studies lesson.
Ever wonder what an owl eats? Well, students in Jill Brandt’s Grade 4 class at Riccardi Elementary School got to find out by dissecting owl pellets.
Although summer break is not officially over, many Riccardi teachers have already been attending meetings and organizing their new rooms in preparation for the first day of school.