Get up close to owls as an avian expert from Leslie Science & Nature Center (Ann Arbor, MI) uses live birds to compare and contrast the characteristics of different owl species. Learn how owls have adapted to a predatory way of life. Dissect real owl pellets to investigate the diet of a barn owl. Learn about food chains and the role of avian predators in an ecosystem. Gain an introduction to skeletal anatomy and prey identification.
- Grade level: 3 - 6
- Cost: $200
Available: November-December (Wednesdays only) Call for availability January-April
Each Distance Learning program includes:
A 50-minute interactive program
A kit with materials for interactive experiments for 30 students
Extension activities and resources for further exploration
To make your program an enjoyable and memorable experience please be sure to review the Videoconferencing Tips
Please note: Your school or ISD must have videoconferencing equipment to participate in Distance Learning Programs.
U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.1; NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
- abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- understanding about scientific inquiry
U.S. National Curriculum Standards NS.K-4.3; NS.5-8.3 Life Sciences
- Characteristics of organisms
- Organisms and environments
- Structure and function in living systems
- Populations and ecosystems
Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, Science v.1.09
- Identify and compare structures in animals used for controlling body temperature, support, movement, food-getting, and protection (for example: fur, wings, teeth, scales). (L.OL.03.32)
- Classify animals on the basis of observable physical characteristics (backbone, body coverings, limbs). (L.OL.03.42)
- Relate characteristics and functions of observable body parts to the ability of animals to live in their environment. (L.EV.03.12)
- Determine that animals require air, water and a source of energy and building material for growth and repair. (L.OL.04.16)
- Identify individual differences (color, leg length, size, wing size, leaf shape) in organisms of the same kind. (L.EV.04.21)
- Identify how variations in physical characteristics of individual organisms give them an advantage for survival and reproduction. (L.EV.04.22)
- Explain how behavioral characteristics of animals help them to survive in their environment. (L.EV.05.11)
- Predict how changes in one population might affect other populations based upon their relationships in the food web. (L.EC.06.23)
Next Generation Science Standards
Students participating in this program will explore science content as stated in the Disciplinary Core Ideas. They will engage in science and engineering practices as they plan and conduct investigations to answer questions regarding owls and their environment.
LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
- All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or from other animals.
- Plants and animals can change their environment.
ESS3.A: Natural Resources
- Living things need water, air, and resources from the land, and they live in places that have the things they need. Humans use natural resources for everything they do.
LS1.A: Structure and Function
- All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air.
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
- There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
LS1.A: Structure and Function
- Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.
LS1.D: Information Processing
- Different sense receptors are specialized for particular kinds of information, which may be then processed by the animal’s brain. Animals are able to use their perceptions and memories to guide their actions.