Highlands Elementary

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Mrs.Urban's Visit

September 19, 2017 - 2:45pm -- HighlandsFranz

Hi, this is Jane and Grace and last Wednesday Mrs.Urban came to Mr. Franz’s class at Highlands Elementary to talk to us about birds. She taught us about different types of birds and their adaptations. One type of bird was called a California quail that has a top-knot. Another type of bird is called a House Finch. A house finch is brown and white with streaks. Also, there’s a bird called the Red-Winged Black Bird. A Red-Winged BlackBird comes to the feeders in the winter time. One of our favorites that Mrs.Urban talked about is called the Anna’s Hummingbird which are beautiful because they have a purple head. They are also bred in Baja, California.

While Mrs.Urban came to visit our classroom, she talked to us about when and how birds migrate south in the winter. She also told us about how birds lose their feathers and they grow back new ones that keep themselves warm for the winter. Different bird species eat different types of foods. Like the American Goldfinch loves thistle seed. The Black-Capped Chickadees eats seeds and bugs and they also make a unique sound that sound like they are saying chick-a-dee. We learned a lot during Mrs.Urban’s visit to our classroom and we our excited to learn more about birds this year!


World Center for Birds of Prey

April 27, 2017 - 3:14pm -- HighlandsFranz

This is Ben and Karmelle from Mr. Franz's class and we are here to tell you about the feild trip we went on. As a class we went to the World Center for Birds of Prey and learned about falcons. We got to see a rare species called the Alaamadora Falcon. The tour was really fun and we talked about a lot of birds and about their different adaptations. A falcon is a bird with sharp long tallons, a sharp curved beak, and great eyesight. We got to see an alive California Condor, which is a huge bird. It's wingspan can get up to 9 feet which is taller than most of our class. We also learned that a lot of the wild California Condors were killed by lead. This happend because hunters use lead bullets and leave the parts they don't want live the guts and head or what ever part they shot. These birds will find the animal and eat the little peices of the led along with the meat. This is one of the big reasons these buitful birds are becomming extienct. Another cool thing we learned is that in the the really late 1900 birds were eating bugs that died from cemicals that farmers used and they had to put cases on them that made sure that it would be okay and soon banned it so that it was illegal to put it in your crops.

Mrs. Urban's Visit

April 17, 2017 - 2:59pm -- HighlandsFranz

This is Karmelle from Mr. Franz's class. Today Ms.Urban came to our class and taught us about Raptors. We learned all of the ways raptors eat, kill prey, their different species and many other things. She told us that there are 450 raptor species and 31 live in Idaho. The main species are eagles, hawks, harries, kites, falcons, vultures, owls, barn owls, and osprey. We also made window protectors to stop one of the most common ways birds die, windows. To make them you take clear shets of tape, cut out any shape you want, and put tissue parer on the stikey side. after you are done you can use tape to put them on the windows. Now all of the windows in our class room are covered in window protectors. 

Adaptation visit by Ms. Urban

March 23, 2017 - 3:05pm -- HighlandsFranz

This is Ben from Mr. Franz's class. Today we learned about birds and how they adapt. Adaptation is when an animal is better suites in their enviroment. Sometimes for birds their beaks and feet will change to match their enviroment and previde the right skills. We also learned that more than 1 billion birds die each year in accidents and more than half of that is from windows. We learned about how their are 10,000 species of birds in the whole world and 400 of the species are in Idaho. We also were going through a slide show and learned that the chicken is the closest living animal to the dinosaurs. There is the Calipari humming bird that shares some of it's traits with the woodpecker, for example both of their tongues wrap around their skulls and are slmost like a snakes tongue with two prongs that stick off the end.  We also learned about feathers and how they contain vains that go up through the feathers and when it's donw growing then it will fall off. It also includes barbs which are lsort of laces that hold together the feathers bottom. The colors of these feathers are usually black, yellow, red and maybe chemicals that will cause changes in color like pink on the flamingo. Birds will change their colors and feathers on themselves. And last but not least we learned that the hummming bird moves it's wings in a figure 8 motion to allow it to be the only bird to fly backwards. 


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Sid Franz, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.6502
Longitude: -116.195


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