Early this morning before sunrise, I heard the faint hoot of an owl. Hoooot. Hoooot. I walk my pooch every morning, and this was the first time I’d heard the hoot. Being new to the neighborhood, I was curious. When I met a neighbor who was also walking his dog, I asked about the owl. The neighbor informed me that I was hearing a barred owl—a frequent neighborhood visitor. I’ve always been fascinated by owls. As a teacher, I often wished I could rotate my neck 270 degrees! Of course, the deal breaker for me is eyes that are immobile. Works for an owl, not so much for a teacher.
Anyhoot (ha ha), my owl encounter reminded me of an owl booklet/writing journal my students enjoyed making. Each student made his own and decorated it to his liking. I just provided the precut writing paper, multiple colors of 9” x 12” construction paper, and paper scraps. Ideas for what students can write inside the booklets include responses to owl-related writing prompts, owl facts, the final draft of an owl report, or stories about owls.
Do you have a favorite owl activity or fact to share? I’d love to hear.