Owls

The Owls classroom presentation provides information on this unique predator, ranging from its exceptional senses to its tools for hunting. A short video is shown, and students will have an opportunity to view mounts of owls including the Great-horned owl, Short-eared owl, Burrowing owl, Great grey owl and Snowy owl. The presentation is approximately an hour in length, please provide 2 large tables to display the owl specimens. The following topics are discussed:

Content:

  • view mounts of owls including Great-horned owl, Short-eared owl, Burrowing owl, Great grey owl and Snowy owl
  • topics discussed:
  1. senses (binocular vision, location of ears, function of facial disk),
  2. hunting adaptations (silent feathers, beak shape and function, talons)
  3. behaviour (habitats, territories, nesting behaviour, migration)
  4. food (types of prey, formation of owl pellets) 
  5. environmental issues (habitat loss, crop spraying, conservation)

Length of presentation:

  • one (1) hour

Set up:

  • two (2) large tables to display owl specimens, laptop and data projector

Related Documents:

Barn Owl Scream
Barn Owl Hoot
 

Online Resources:

Burrowing Owl
Great Grey Owl
The Owl Pages

 

Curriculum Connections

 

Outcomes

Indicators

Grade 1

Science

LT1.1 Differentiate between living things according to observable characteristics, including appearance and behaviour.
h,i,j,l
 

Science

LT1.2 Analyze different ways in which plants, animals, and humans interact with various natural and constructed environments to meet their basic needs.
a,c,e,f,g,h,i,j
 

Science

DS1.2 Inquire into the ways in which plants, animals, and humans adapt to daily and seasonal changes by changing their appearance, behaviour, and/or location.
a,c,d,f

Grade 2

Science

AN2.1 Analyze the growth and development of familiar animals, including birds, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, during their life cycles.
b,c,e,f,g
 

Science

AN2.3 Assess the interdependence of humans and animals in natural and constructed environments.
a,d,e,f,g

Grade 4

Science

HC4.1 Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals, including humans, within habitats and communities.
a,c,f
 

Science

HC4.2 Analyze the structures and behaviours of plants and animals that enable them to exist in various habitats.
b,c,g
 

Science

HC4.3 Assess the effects of natural and human activities on habitats and communities, and propose actions to maintain or restore habitats.
c,d,e,j

Grade 6

Science

DL6.1 Recognize, describe, and appreciate the diversity of living things in local and other ecosystems, and explore related careers
b,d
 

Science

DL6.3 Analyze the characteristics and behaviours of vertebrates (i.e., mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish) and invertebrates.
b,e
 

Science

DL6.4 Examine and describe structures and behaviours that help:
 
  • individual living organisms survive in their environments in the short term
  • species of living organisms adapt to their environments in the long term.
c,d,f.g.h,i

Grade 7

Science

IE7.2 Observe, illustrate, and analyze living organisms within local ecosystems as part of interconnected food webs, populations, and communities.
i,j,l