Monday, 28 November 2011

The Owl babies

We love the story of the Owl Babies. by Martin Waddell. We know the story really well by now and each day we have been doing different literacy activities based on the story. We can name the author and illustrator. We learned what the 'blurb' meant and made up our own blurb for the book. We can name the characters and talk about the setting of the story. We can answer who, what, when, where, why and how questions about the story. We can re-tell the story again in our own words and can sequence the events of the story in the correct order. We can pick out our favourite characters in the story and say why we like them (Bill was certainly the most popular character in our class!!!). What a clever bunch we are!! We have also learned about owls in general. Here are some interesting things that we have learned about owls...
1. Owls nest in farm buildings as well as churches, sheds and natural holes in trees.
2. Owls can not move their eyes but they can move their heads almost right around.
3.Owls use their excellent sight and hearing to hunt for food.
4.Owls swallow their food whole and then spit out the bones and fur. This is called a pellet.
5.The Snowy owl is not nocturnal.
6. Owls have three eyelids – one for blinking, one for sleeping and one for keeping the eye clean.
7.Baby owls are called owlets.
8.Owls eat mice, rats, small birds and frogs.
9. Owls catch their prey with their talons.


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