Approved: Dr. A. Jeter March18, 2016
Birds and Bugs in our Backyard
We finally finished our classroom investigation of birds. We covered song birds, wading birds, water birds, and raptors. Whew!! It was quite a lot to absorb but they did a great job. They seem to be quite the experts on birds now. We learned about the birds' habitats, feathers, preferred foods, nests, eggs and beaks. We also delved into identification of their predators. In order to get an idea of how hard it is to be a bird, we performed a 'bird beak" experiment. The students used different household items to mimic different types of beaks. They then moved from "habitat to habitat" and tried to collect different food sources. It was very challenging but a great representation of how beaks are specifically designed for certain foods. Another great activity that helped us learn about raptors was a visit from the naturalist from Camp McDowell. She brought 3 different raptors - a barred owl, a red-tailed hawk and a . It was a special treat to get to see these animals up close and personal. The students learned that disposing of food scraps out the car window can be a hazard to these animals. Ask them to tell you about it. We also began an art collaboration with Mrs. Scott to make clay birds with the characteristics of the bird we chose for our research projects. Mrs. Scott was very impressed with the skill they used in forming the bird bodies and adding details to make them look very much like their photograph. Thanks for all the bird research work. The students will begin to share bird research on Monday and hopefully finish up by Friday. Our minds will be filled with all kinds of bird infromation and we'll get to put it all to use on our trip to Birmingham Botanical Gardens in April.
We started our "bug" investigation upon finishing up with birds. One of the first things we discovered is that every insect is not a bug, but every bug is an insect. See if you can figure that one out. Our poem "Insect's Body" helped us learn all the body parts and we visited several websites to learn the job of each body part. The first insect we focused on was the honeybee. They have some unique qualities and an interesting life cycle. See if your child can share some of the things they learned.
Kindergarten registration packets for 2016-2017 are now available in the both elementary school offices, the Board of Education and on the Trussville City Schools website. Please spread the word to any upcoming kindergarten students and their families.
The April lunchroom reservation link is: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4faca92fa1ff2-april
Bird Beak Testing
The students had so much fun trying to retrieve food items with the "beaks." The experience helped them see how hard birds work for a meal.
They are singing this song everyday now. It's a great tool to help them remember all the body parts of insects.
Here is an example of the creations the students made with Mrs. Scott.
Bird Beak Testing
March 23 -- Boosterthon Fun Run 11:30 - 12:30
March 28 - April 1 -- SPRING BREAK -- NO SCHOOL
April 5 - Birmingham Botanical Gardens Trip