Crimson Point Elementary

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The American Goldfinch

December 17, 2014 - 7:58am -- mirandap

Today was our first time observing the American Goldfinch at our feeders. We walked up quietly and saw House Finches, House Sparrows, and Canadian Geese, but they all flew away. We then took a short walk around the neighborhood and saw a Black-billed Magpie. Then, returning to our feeders, we were excited to see the American Goldfinch! Students were able to recognize them by the males distinct yellow head and the white stripe on their black wing. What a fun day birding!

Everyone Loves Indoor Recess

November 13, 2014 - 11:27am -- mirandap

We have been using our indoor recess time to observe the bird feeders in small groups. Student are learning how to look at the birds and then use our bird books to find which birds they are seeing. Today 5 students were able to see 20 dark-eyed junkos and 9 house finches. They were so excited to share this information with the rest of  the class. We are taking turns with the binoculars and the bird books to have some extra time observing. 

Merlin

November 3, 2014 - 10:46am -- mirandap

Ms. Barb brought Merlin to our school a for an owl adaptations lesson. Our class was able to learn that an owl doesn't really turn its head all the way around, even though it looks like it can. Each student enjoyed feeling the talans and seeing the difference between hawk feathers and owl feathers. Each student was able to practice hearing what scilent flight sounded like by whipping a rope with frayed ends. We all were able to see how an owl sees by placing special binoculars over our eyes. Everyone had a lot of fun when Ms. Barb made little mouse noises for us and we all had to turn our heads to find her. The class enjoyed playing a Where Is The Mouse game with a blindfold. They look forward to all getting a turn in the future. I was amazed at how captivated the entire class was. Ms. Barb spoke so quietly and the whole class listened and stayed engaged the entire hour. Merlin was able to take a side trip to our second grade classrooms that just finished learning about owls for their informational writing projects. What a fun day! Thanks Ms. Barb!

Filling the Feeders

October 16, 2014 - 1:24pm -- mirandap

My class was asked if we could assign a special job to one of our 3rd graders and his buddy to help fill the bird feeders. This is a student with specials needs that has an interest in nature, and he was super enthusiastic about seeing the bird feeders and the bird box. Today I took him and his buddy, along with our school social worker, and showed him how to fill the feeders and which type of bird seed goes into which feeder. On the way out I explained the important things to remember about filling the bird feeders. First, be quiet at the feeders. Second, make sure the right feed goes into the right feeder. Third, always remember to wash your hands when you are finished. He was so excited talking and repeating the rules the whole way down to the feeders. Then when we got there, after a quick reminder to be quiet, they were so patient and quietly put feed in the right feeders, tehy also help make sure the water was clean. I think we are pretty lucky to have this help!

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Miranda Podolsky, Grade 1
Kuna, Idaho USA

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