It may not be what you’d normally expect to find as a teaching instrument.

Fourth grade students in Stephanie Uhrich’s class at Saluda Elementary have been using owl pellets to help study animal adaptations.

Students recently read, researched and discussed different animal adaptations. To help cement this knowledge and to provide a hands-on demonstration of an animal adaptation, they dissected owl pellets.

Once those dissections were complete, students recorded the number of bones they found, they sorted the different types of bones found and then they created a food chain based on their owl pellet.

This experiment occurred during the science unit on animal adaptations.