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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Birds of a feather flock together!

Today we start our bird unit! I am a big fan of bird watching so I am always excited about getting kids involved and there is no better way to spark their curiosity about birds then to go out and see them for themselves. I was very proud to see that the class was full of natural birders. We spotted several Cardinals, Downy Woodpeckers, Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, American Robins, Turkey Vultures and even a couple Red-tailed Hawks.
 
While enjoying our snack on the wood pile, we used the "Identiflier" bird song machine to learn a few bird songs including the Chickadees "Chickadee-dee-dee-dee-dee" and the Carolina Wren's "tea kettle-tea kettle-tea kettle"

After much slipping and sliding while trying to hike down the hill, the class decided that the easiest method of travel down the hill sliding on our bellies like penguins! 
Back in the classroom, we spent some time making observations about the bird taxidermy- including a Ring-necked Pheasant, a Great Horned Owl, and a Common Merganser. Using magnifying glasses, we examined different types of feathers. We looked at long thin flight feathers and short fluffy down feathers and sketched them in our journals.
We will continue our bird unit next week! 

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