I apologize for the lateness of my class post.
We have been very busy learning more and more about birds this year. Here is a log of our activities from this year, so far.
September 30th - Today we met Miss Mia. She was so much fun and we had a blast learning bird parts and singing Crown, Wings, Eyes and Beaks (to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes). We labeled birds parts and took many breaks to practice this new song. Miss Mia was kind enough to deliver our Bird by Bird equipment that Mrs. Podolsky and Mr. Aumiller set up!
October 14th - Field Trip to the Boise River with Idaho Bird Observatory! Today we observed mist nets and we were able to see a house finch get banded. We were all amazed at how light a bird band feels. Everyone had fun playing Habitat Match. Some friends were very enthousiastic at dying when their habitats did not match. What a fun way to stress the importance of having shelter, water, and food. This had come in very handy when discussing wants and needs with the class!
October 21st - Miss Mia joined Mr. Aumiller and Mrs. Podolsky while the rest of the class was in Music. Miss Mia made it into the building just in time! Unfortunately we were unable to play Bird Bingo with Miss Mia, but she was kind enough to leave it for us. We played the game on October 28th.
October 28th - Bird Bingo and Is a Bat a Bird? Students helped make a T-Chart that demonstrated things all birds have on one side. We filled in the opposite side after reading Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats and listed everything that makes a bat a bat. 12 students originally thought that a bat was type of bird, by the end of the day everyone knew that a bat is a mammal and not a bird!
Again, I apologize for not getting this post in sooner. We have been very busy in our room and enjoy our recess time observing the bird feeders. We are trying encourage other students to ignore the neighborhood cat that likes to stalk our bird feeders.
Until Next Time - Mrs. Podolsky's Class