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Investigate the World of Owls! Start this unit with a chart to find out what students know about owls. This can be used as a comparison at the completion of the unit when they discuss what they have learned. A “hands-on” beginning is always enjoyable. You could also include films about owls. There are several films about Kay McKeever and her sanctuary for injured owls. The films about her were produced by the National Film Board and are called, “Lady and the Owl”, and “Cricket, Tiglett and Friends”. Information sheets, illustrations and follow-up activities are included for the following owls: Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl, Snowy Owl, Great Gray Owl, Saw-Whet Owl, and the Great Horned Owl. Students may wish to research other owls along with the ones from this unit. This unit can also be successfully correlated with the novel “Owls in the Family” by Farley Mowat. Activities focus on the following skills: research, language, and art.
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