Segers Herald

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:

Important Dates

March 23 -- Boosterthon Fun Run 11:30 - 12:30

March 28 - April 1 -- SPRING BREAK -- NO SCHOOL

April 5 - Birmingham Botanical Gardens Trip


RL.K.2 RL.K.9; RF.K.1a-d; RF.K.2.a and d; RFK.3a-c; W.K.3; W.K.7; W.K.8; SLK.2; SLK.5; SLK.6; LK1.a; LK.2a-d; KCC.1; KCC.2; KCC.4; KCC.5; KCC.6; K.OA.1, 2 and 3.

What's Happening Next Week?

Students will be sharing their individual bird research to teach their fellow classmates about those birds. We'll investigate ants next and find out if they really are helpful to us or just a nuisance. The students will do their own individual research in the classroom. We continue to work on long and short vowel sounds, recognizing syllables in words, and improving our creative writing. In math we are working daily on subtraction and addition.