Posted by: jwhiff | December 7, 2010

Binoculars and Bird Calls

Sorry for the lack of writing this past week.  Boy has it been busy!  I am finally finished reports/parent-teacher interviews and this weekend I finished my final graduate study project.  It has been a slog, but now I’m ready to go.  Enough with the excuses!

So, we never ended up going on our field trip to the inlet.  It wasn’t meant to be. We had so many things get in the way, that I had absolutely no choice.  However, Ruth came in and gave the kids and I a lesson on properly using binoculars.  I was really shocked by how excited the kids were!  I completely expected that they would have used binoculars before and would find them no big deal.  Boy was I wrong!  They were thrilled with the whole concept of magnification.  So funny!

Anyway, we ended up going outside to test them out on the playground.  Ruth and I expected to see…nothing.  However, we ended up seeing 7 eagles flying over us!  What are the chances…!  Needless to say, it ended up being a very memorable little activity.

Then…the snow came.  I was disappointed that we never ended up going out to the Inlet that week.  I have struggled to maintain a class connection to science over the past week and a half.  This is the biggest issue.  Once the field trip was cancelled, all of my ideas connected to it weren’t feasible.  And I was so busy with reports and graduate projects and early dismissals that I didn’t have any ideas to replace my original ones with.  So…now I’m trying to put this train back on the tracks.

I read the comment section from my last blog entry last night and I should have read it earlier.  Leigh Scatchard (parent and scientist) recommended taking on the topic of bird calls in class in the mean time.  What a great idea!  Thanks, Leigh!  I just happened to have a great little book with recorded bird calls, so I took it into class today.  We connected it with our learning on adaptations (Why do you think birds sing? Is singing a behavioural or physical adaptation?) and then we had a listen.  It was very fun trying to figure out birds by their calls and to have a guess as to what the calls are all about.  Again, we connected them to the basics reasons for any adaptation…either something is looking for a mate, trying to stay safe (including protecting family), or trying to find food.  The book had just the right amount of insight and had several call per bird for different purposes.

Anyway, thanks again for the great idea.  We will continue this until our newly scheduled field trip, which is on for this Wednesday, weather pending.  Wish us luck!!


  1. Way to go Jen! I’m so pleased that my girl is in your class!

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