Monday, July 7, 2008

You Can Find Anything...

... On the Internet. Seriously.

Our science lesson from Christian Kids Explore Biology covered bird diets today. The suggested activity was dissecting owl pellets. I wasn't prepared. We'll have to purchase or find real owl pellets ahead of time in four years when we revisit biology, I guess.

Russ (my brilliant husband) suggested performing a Google search for 'virtual owl pellet.' I couldn't imagine, but agreed to give it a try. At worst, I would have wasted about ten seconds.

Voila!! My boys had a blast (Luke in particular) performing the 'New and Improved' Virtual Pellet Dissection at KidWings. It seemed so strange to hear him repeating 'caudal vertebra, scapula, pelvis' as he matched up the bones.

So, there you have it, my labor intensive science lesson for today. Grin.


Relyn Lawson said...

When I was student teaching I had to teach the owl pellet unit. ICK! Four times in one day, I had to dissect owl pellets. I would have given a lot for a virtual lesson. Of course, after I conquored the ick factor, it was a really cool lesson.

Elise said...

Hi Heidi

I remeber when I was teaching I would often be amazed at the virtual lessons you could get on the internet. It's one of those resources that can be full of such amazing surprises.

But, I think your find about owl pellets would have to be up there as one of the most obscure!!


Mandy said...

Wow! I know we have a time difference going on, but I'm still in my pj's just thinking about getting school started and your boys have already been matching up owl bones.

I'm impressed! I guess I'll finish my coffee and get going.

Heidi said...

Mandy~ :) We have very slow mornings around here. The science lesson was in the afternoon and we 'dissected' owl pellets after dinner yesterday, LOL.

Unknown said...

Gosh, who knew, eh? All for free, too. That hubby of yours is just the smartest, isn't he? ;)

Heidi said...

Relyn~ I bet that was fun once you got used to it. :)

Elise~ Yes, obscure is the word! Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS! on your beautiful new baby boy. He is positively perfect!

Caralyn~ Yep. He's da bomb. ;)

Mandy said...

Funny - I was definitely in a daze this morning. I thought I double checked the date and somehow read the time as AM instead of PM. So, I thought all of that was done this morning.

whew! I really did need my coffee!

heather said...

We are doing biology this coming school year so this is good to know about.

A friend and I used to go into her barn and pick through owl pellets-we thought they were so cool! We made each other swear we wouldn't tell that we did that becasue we were in high school-older than is socially accepted for choosing to pick through owl pellets in ones free time.=)