Fourth Graders Learn about Food Chains

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Photos courtesy of Sean Knight
Photos courtesy of Sean Knight
Fourth graders are learning about the largest animal in their food chain unit, the owl.  "We are studying how energy is transferred from one organism to another," said Science teacher Mr. Knight.  This week, students learned about the prey of the owl by dissecting owl pellets. Owl pellets are the regurgitated remains of an owl's meal, including all the bones of the animals it ate (usually small rodents). Owls usually swallow their food whole, digest the edible parts, and then expel the indigestible parts through their mouth as a pellet.  "We will use these bones to recreate the animal that might have fallen prey to the owl," said Mr. Knight.