Trail Wind Elementary

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Fill the Bill

March 15, 2018 - 3:53pm -- karenp

Today, we investigated the Fill the Bill activity that I borrowed from Fish and Game. Kids got to use different tools that simulated bird bills to figure out which bill shapes are effective for which food types. We had a good time testing out the "bills!" After, we looked at an online site with different birds/bills: Even before the website, the kids could think of lots of examples of birds with certain bill types. One young lady even named Purple Martins as birds that use a big, gaping mouth as their "tool" to catch flying insects!


February 15, 2018 - 4:23pm -- karenp

We learned about bird eggs at our monthly presentation! Miss Vicky had a very cool PowerPoint with images of different birds, nests, and eggs. Students had fun dissecting hard-boiled eggs to look at the different parts of an egg. Miss Vicky shared many interesting facts about egg coloration, egg shape, and bird development.

Double dose of birds

January 19, 2018 - 4:40pm -- karenp

Miss Vicky came to our room on Thursday and talked to the students about flight and how birds fly. This dovetailed (ha! a pun!) nicely with the Forces of Flight unit we did during first semester before our field trip to the Gowen Air Show. It was a good week for bird-learning because a Trail Wind volunteer had scheduled a visit by the World Center for Birds of Prey. We got to see a Eurasian Eagle Owl, an Aplomado Falcon (so amazingly beautiful---I'd never seen one before!), and a Golden Eagle. What a treat!

Birdfeeders + bugs = cool science!

December 6, 2017 - 4:25pm -- karenp

So a couple weeks ago, I finally took down the hummingbird feeder from the outdoor classroom. Inside was a big clump of bugs that had crawled in the feeder holes trying to get the sugar water. After locating the ever-elusive dissecting microscopes that Trail Wind owns, I put a couple of the ants under the scopes and let the kids check them out. They were fascinated! Some students noticed that there were also a couple of bees in the bug clump. The next day, we had bees under the microscopes. We could see compound eyes, stingers, wing patterns, and spiky "hairs on the bees' bodies. Pretty cool!


What we've seen this school year


Species Count Disposition Date and Time Link

Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria)
6 Feeder 02/27/2018 - 1:30pm Details

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla)
1 Perched 02/27/2018 - 1:30pm Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
9 Feeder 02/27/2018 - 1:30pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
6 Feeder 02/27/2018 - 1:30pm Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
4 Perched 02/27/2018 - 1:30pm Details

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
1 Ground 02/27/2018 - 1:30pm Details

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
4 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
5 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
4 Ground 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)
6 Feeder 01/31/2018 - 11:15am Details


Karen Palazzolo, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA


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