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Kindergarten teacher shares her class’ bird investigation

Talking with other early childhood educators enriches my understanding of how children learn and I often learn good ideas for teaching about particular science concepts. I had an online conversation with Mary Myron who I met at the 2013 annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Mary has held several […]

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Birding and Engineering Makes for a Great Week

Two worthy programs to participate in this year or mark on your calendar for next year. Great Outdoor Bird Count Monday is the last day for this year, so it’s not too late to take part in a citizen science project that will help scientists answer questions about bird populations (of not just North America, […]

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Looking at and counting birds, Friday–Monday, Feb 17–20, 2012

What birds do your children notice as they arrive and leave your site? Taking a walking fieldtrip is another way to have a bird-viewing session with your students. Casual observations of birds can be the beginning of understanding that living things react to their environment. Do birds hang out in the playing field in the […]

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Spring bird sightings bring reflection on conference sessions

Spring migration brings additional bird species back to their nesting range and in numbers that children can easily observe. There have been plenty of American Robins pulling up worms from the rain-soaked ground. And the children discovered a Robin’s nest in the shrubby tree on the playground, not under our noses but just above them. Your […]

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Recording observations and collecting data about birds

Birds are wild animals that children are quite likely to see and recognize. They live in the city and in the country and in between, all over the world. Why not begin talking about the birds that your students see near school, and have them name all the colors they see? To attract birds for closer […]

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The GBBC* is just weeks away!

*Great Backyard Bird Count, February 18-21, 2011 Fifteen minutes is a long time by preschooler standards. And that is the minimum length of observation that can be submitted to the 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), an annual four-day event led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with Canadian partner […]

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New web tools and technology

At the beginning of every school year, I had to submit a list of 2–3 professional goals, with an action plan of how I would meet them. Using appropriate instructional technology to improve student engagement and learning was one of my standard goals. If one of your goals is expanding your technology efforts beyond PowerPoint, […]

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For the birds

In previous entries, I’ve mentioned the online, collaborative projects that are part of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s (CLO) Citizen Science program. Well, they’ve done it again! The Spring 2008 issue of Birdscope, (an excellent newsletter with an online version), describes the newest CLO project, CamClickr. After 9 years of nest-camming, the Lab has collected […]

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