Who, who…….who is learning everything you could possibly know about owls? Dr. Wynn’s first grade students had a special visitor from Owl’s Hill as part of their owl unit. During this unit of study students listen to books about owls, write, research and do so much related to this animal known as the silent flyer. They are introduced to a rich vocabulary and begin to understand the owl’s importance to nature.
Owl’s Hill nature sanctuary is a protected green space in northwestern Williamson County, whose usage is dedicated to a mission of education, conservation and restoration of the owl species. Students were able to witness the wing span of an owl and even see two tiny baby owls firsthand. After the presentation, students got out their magnifying glasses to dissect owl pellets. It can often contain plant matter, feathers, claws and even teeth!
“Thematic units of study allow the students to really explore, in depth, a variety of topics. Owls are fascinating animals that have been associated with wisdom. Therefore, I start the year off with an owl unit, ” said Dr. Wynn.