News From the Outdoors:
We kicked off our second week of bird exploration by beginning to learn about bird calls and songs. The Nature Detectives learned the bird calls of the most common birds found here at Woodend so that we could add all the birds we heard and saw to our bird tally sheet. We hung out at the bird feeders to watch for birds, and hiked silently through the woods and the meadow to listen for their calls.
The very wet weather, which caused some flooding in the classroom, led to even more outdoor exploration as we donned our rain gear and boots and headed to the creek to explore in the water. The kids had a great time building rock and brick bridges, and looking for creek critters!
On Wednesday, with Ms. Susan, the PM class learned about a the blue footed booby and the funny dance that bird does with its mate. They had a great time learning the dance moves, performing the dance and adding their own moves to the dance!
News from the Classroom:
We continued learning about birds in the classroom as we talked about the different types of beaks birds have, the different types of nests they build, and how they use their beaks, feet and bodies as tools to make their nests. We collected sticks, twigs, grass, and other natural nesting items to use when we made our own nests out of salt-dough.
The kids worked collaboratively to paint a giant sky mural, then cut out bird pictures to glue to the mural, which now hangs in our entrance way gallery!
The Nature Detectives also made bird creations with the build-a-bird set, and made birds out of play dough with feathers, straws, pipe cleaners and googly eyes.
The PM class also had two special visits from Addy’s family as they read a fun interactive book and shared their Cinco de Mayo family traditions with us! The AM Nature detectives worked to create a big brother book for River, who is now a big brother to his sweet new baby brother, Bodhi!
We capped off our bird unit with our family bird walk, which, despite less than ideal bird spotting weather, was a blast! It was so nice to get to share the Nature Detectives’ bird knowledge with their families.
Books we Read:
Have you Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney
Weekly Top Hits:
The Bird Call Song
I met a Cardinal at the playground gate
That Cardinal was my playmate
That Cardinal said: “birdie, birdie, birdie” (x4)
Bluejay…”Jay, jay, jay”
Chickadee…”Dee, dee, dee”
Woodpecker…”tap, tap, tap”
Dove… “coo, coo, coo”
Robin… “cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up”
Wren… “Tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle”