Riverside Elementary

What's New

Bird Art!

November 30, 2017 - 12:13pm -- Joni Brooks

We have been working hard to identify field markings on different birds.  We decided to make Black-Capped Chickadees for our hallway art project and they turned out so cute!  I was happy to see students looking into their bird field guides to look up close at the field marks and draw them into their drawing!  We are looking forward to a cold greenbelt walk soon and started our bird reports!  Such a fun birding month.




Owl Visit!

October 25, 2017 - 2:27pm -- Joni Brooks

Riverside Firsties were visited by Ms. Vicky!  She brought a friend, the MK Nature Center's Burrowing Owl, Hoots!  The kids really loved seeing the bird and wrote an opinion piece of why they thought the Burrowing Owl was or wasn't the best owl.  I will use this as part of their writing evidence to support our new report card!   Also, our Donor's Choose Project was funded in 10 minutes!  We now have a class set of the little green "Idaho Birds" books!  My students look at them all the time and we have many activities where they use the books!  We also went on our first greenbelt river walk.  It was a short walk, but we saw Gold Finches, House Finches, House Sparrows, a Mallard Duck, and we heard a Belted King Fisher.  What a great birding month!

Bird Banding!

September 15, 2017 - 8:08am -- Joni Brooks

RIverside 1st graders had a great time bird banding!  We caught: 2 white crowned sparrows, 1 warbling vireo, and 1 yellow warbler.  The kids were very excited and this field trip really "kick started" our birding! Only one wasp sting, one lost water bottle, one fall, 42 goat heads removed, 4 birds banded, 21 happy first graders, and one tired teacher!  Thanks Ms. Heidi for the great experience!


Riverside has been up and birding!!

September 2, 2017 - 7:48pm -- Joni Brooks

The 1st graders are so exctied to learn more about birds.  We've only seen on female Mallard at our ground feeder and a squirrel draining seed feeder!  We will soon go on our first field trip to band some birds.  We took our pretest and we are now learning what exactly is a bird??  We will start our interactive bird notebooks on Tuesday.  Looking forward to another great year of birding with kids!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Ground 03/12/2018 - 10:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Feeder 03/09/2018 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Feeder 03/09/2018 - 10:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
3 Feeder 03/09/2018 - 10:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
3 Feeder 03/08/2018 - 10:15am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
3 Flying 03/08/2018 - 10:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
3 Feeder 03/02/2018 - 10:30am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
2 Feeder 03/02/2018 - 10:30am Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 Feeder 03/01/2018 - 2:00pm Details

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
1 Ground 03/01/2018 - 2:00pm Details


Joni Brooks, Grade 1
Boise, Idaho USA


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