Create a chart with students where they list what they think they know about owls and what they want to learn.
2 Hook 2
Students will listen to a song about owls. They will listen twice. The first time they will just listen and the second time they will follow along. This song will be used throughout the lesson unit for brain breaks and transitions.
3 Direct Instruction
Students will read, at their own level, books about owls. Reading A-Z has non-fiction books about owls at three reading levels. Students will take notes as they read using a graphic organizer.
4 Guided Drawing
Teacher will read a story called The Barn Owls. Following this the students will participate in a guided drawing of an owl using oil pastels and blue liquid watercolor. While the students draw the teacher and the students discuss the physical charactistics of an owl.
5 Independent Practice
Using their iPads, students will explore the life of the great horned owl on Sandiegozoo.org
6 Guided Practice
Using a Chromebook, students will participate in a virtual owl pellet dissection.
Then they will watch an owl pellet dissection video before dissecting their own owl pellet.
After dissecting their owl pellet, the students will sort and glue their bones to a graphic organizer, similar to the one in the video.
Students will use their graphic organizers and new knowledge to write a non-fiction piece about owls.
They will edit these pieces with the high school peer tutors.
8 Wrap Up
Students will present their pieces in small groups.