Crimson Point Elementary

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IBO Boise River Field Trip

September 21, 2015 - 4:28pm -- Barb Forderhase

On Friday Sept 18th, I joined 22 lively 1st graders, their teacher Miranda Podolsky, and chaperoning parents to IBO's Boise River site.  The students loved seeing the different birds and the opportunity to release them.   Birds banded included white-crowned sparrows (both adults and immatures), yellow rumped wablers, and chickadees.  Heidi got very excited about one bird that had never been caught there before.   I believe it was a type of flyer catcher.   The morning was sunny and warm.   What a great way to start the year learning about birds!    Hope a number of you are able to do this with your classrooms.

Barb

Killdeer Drama - May

May 11, 2015 - 3:55pm -- mirandap

Last week was one of the hardest weeks for me professionally. I had a teachable moment, that I tried to make the most of, involving a Killdeer nest in our school field. During recess duty during the last week of April, a group of students and myself noticed that we had about 4 Killdeer in our field pretending to be hurt. I told the students that there was probably a nest around the field somewhere. We talked about what the eggs would look like (egg shaped rocks), and what we could do if we found them (help protect them from getting run over by the lawn mower). From that moment on they were on an egg hunt and I thought that we would be able to do something for the ground nesters to help protect their chicks. Then, on Tuesday of last week, students found the nest and removed the eggs. A feeling of frustration took over me and with a few breathes I told them that this was not a good choice. I had most of the students stand back away from the area that the nest was in, and the two students that took the eggs showed me where they found the eggs (or as close to the spot as they could remember). I had a student get cones from our P.E. teacher so we could protect the nest from the lawn mower, we sent a message to the office asking students to stay away from the nest so we can see if the parents would be able to find the eggs. We had a class discussion that day about why it is important to leave the eggs alone, and what might happen because we disturbed the nest. Students were sad to hear that the parents might not go back to the eggs even though we tried to put them back. Or, that even if the parents do find the eggs they still might not hatch because we could have done damage to the chick inside the egg. As a class, we were determined to do what we could to help these birds. We started observing the area with our binoculars and letting other students know not to play too close to the cones. We let our custodial staff know of the situation and painted large stir sticks red to replace the cones. When I left for home on Tuesday evening, the male and female Killdeer were still around the nest. I was hopeful for the chicks, as was our class. However, after school that day, someone came to our field and destoryed the eggs. The class felt heartbroken by these actions. We had a follow up discussion about what made them feel this way and why. Some students were mad because the eggs should never have been touched. Others were sad because the chicks are dead for sure now, and still others were confused as to why someone would want to smash the eggs. The Killdeer are no longer in our field, and the students miss following them when they pretend to be injured, but they understand why they moved on. 

Trees Are For The Birds!

May 11, 2015 - 3:30pm -- mirandap
Ms. Barb joined us today for a fun Arbor Day lesson that allowed students to see all that TREES offer BIRDS. We talked about all of the things that trees do for people. We came up with: Provides Shade, Makes Wood, Gives us Food (Fruit), Helps us Make Furniture, Air, Paper, and Books. Then Ms. Barb asked students what do trees give birds? We came up with: Homes (nests and cavities in trees), Food (Fruit and insects), Air, and Items to make their nests with. 
We used the smart board and created a T-Chart to show similarities and differences. 
Students then created a peek-a-boo book with trees and all the fabulous items tree supply for people and birds.

 

Volunteer Field Trip - March

May 11, 2015 - 3:28pm -- mirandap

During Spring Break my family (Matthew, Rowan and I) invited the families in my classroom to join us for a hike and birding at Fort Boise Wildlife Refuge. It was a great experience spending time with 12 students from my class and their families. We met at a designated spot and started our walk at 10:00. We saw many ducks (wood ducks and mallards), canada geese, harriers, red tailed hawks, snow geese and the highlight was 13 white pelicans! The white pelicans flew right over our heads and kept on circling over for about 5 minutes. They were beautiful! Matt did a great job as our bird guide, informing us that, "If you go by weight; the white pelican is the the largest bird in the North American Continent." It was a great day, and I really enjoyed seeing how students were able to enjoy this activity with their families. 

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What we've seen this school year

Observations

Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)
1 Flying 12/12/2014 - 1:30pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
5 Feeder 12/12/2014 - 1:30pm Details

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
21 Flying 12/12/2014 - 1:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 12/12/2014 - 1:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
20 Feeder 11/13/2014 - 10:00am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
9 Feeder 11/13/2014 - 10:00am Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
1 Feeder 10/10/2014 - 10:45am Details

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
1 Feeder 10/10/2014 - 10:45am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
3 Feeder 10/10/2014 - 10:45am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
12 Feeder 10/10/2014 - 10:45am Details

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Miranda Podolsky, Grade 1
Kuna, Idaho USA

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