Riverside Elementary

This year will be so much fun to learn about birds!  First graders are wonderful birders and I'm looking forward to some great birding adventures!

What's New

Great Blue Herons!

January 25, 2018 - 2:32pm -- Joni Brooks

Riverside 1st graders took a bird walk on the greenbelt today!  They were very excited to see the Great Blue Heron Nests!  The herons were flying to and from the river, and you could see them nesting!  Very fun!  We have been working on learning different heights of birds and measuring them with base ten blocks!  We love birding!

1st Grade Bird Walk! ...(Late Post)

December 28, 2017 - 10:02pm -- Joni Brooks

Riverside first graders took a bird walk on the greenbelt on Dec. 20th!  It was COLD, but the students were so excited to get out of the classroom and look for birds.  We received more pairs of binoculars and everyone had a pair to observe birds! Thanks Ms. D.!!  We heard a Belted Kingfisher and then saw him!  We walked down to see the Mute Swans.  Students recognized geese, ducks, and song birds.  I was excited when they didn't know a specific bird they were happy to try and find it in their Idaho Field Guides.  We identified every bird we saw!  

We have also made a connection with a 6th grade class at Riverside.  Their classroom windows face our feeders.  The teacher came to me asking questions about the little yellow birds they were seeing and her students were interested in learning about the birds on the feeders.  We now have 6th grade BIRD BUDDIES!!!  The first graders learn about a bird all week long, then when we have our bird buddy time, we teach our 6th grader.. This is such a fun time, and I love sharing our bird knowledge with our school community!  Hooray for birding!  

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!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Feeder 05/30/2018 - 12:15pm Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Ground 05/29/2018 - 2:00pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
1 Feeder 05/29/2018 - 2:00pm Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
2 Feeder 05/24/2018 - 10:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
1 Flying 05/24/2018 - 10:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
3 Flying 05/22/2018 - 10:30am Details

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
2 Ground 05/22/2018 - 10:30am Details

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
1 Bath 05/22/2018 - 10:30am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
1 Feeder 05/18/2018 - 2:30pm Details

Harris' Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula)
1 Feeder 05/18/2018 - 2:30pm Details


Joni Brooks, Grade 1
Boise, Idaho USA
Latitude: 43.5755
Longitude: -116.158


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