It’s Superman, It’s a Plane….No, It’s A Bird for Project Feeder Watch!

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We are doing a project called Project FeederWatch.  It is about finding different bird species, graphing and recording the number we see, and then reporting it to Cornell University.  
We are doing it for the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University.  We are doing it October through March.  We are doing it in Mrs. Fraher’s class, Mrs. Goucher’s class, our school habitat, and by the desert wash outside our class.  
We are feeding the birds, observing the different feeder locations throughout the day, and recording what we find. 
The first steps of this project was to get to know the birds and their features and their habits so when we are ready to tally their numbers we know what species we are seeing.  
We did this through observing birds,
keeping a record of the species we have found using a digital camera and a birding  journal.  
                 So far, we have observed nineteen species!
       Cactus Wren                                      House Finch                                                White Crown Sparrow
Song Sparrow                                    Curved Bill Thrasher                              Gila Woodpecker
Gilded Flicker                                    Gamble’s Quail                                           Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal                         American Robin                                        American Crow
Abert’s Towhee                                 Western Wood Pee-Wee
Take a look at some of the species we have seen:
Make your own slide show at Animoto.

Every week there are two new bird feeders that go out twice a day to fill the feeders by our window.  They put food on the window sill and the feeders.

The Sonoran Desert: Our Backyard

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During reading class, we read a nonfiction article from Ranger Rick Magazine about a woman who is a photographer and explores her backyard-the Galapagos Islands.  The article was called Wild Shots: They’re My Life.   We are being photographers just like her, but we are taking the photos in our backyard-the Sonoran Desert.  The photos you will see and learn about were taken at our school, in our school habitat,  and around our neighborhoods.

by Claire and Lilly

There are many kinds of deserts.  Some deserts have just sand like the Saharan Desert and some have lots of plants and animals like the Sonoran Desert.  The Sonoran Desert is located in Arizona and other parts of the west.  This desert usually gets less than 10  inches of rain a year.  In the summer, temperatures can get as high as 130 degress!  The Sonoran Desert is sometimes called the “green desert” because of all the plants that grow here. 

Here is a Voicethread our class created.  Check it out!

by Hannah and Dianne

 What did you learn about the Sonoran Desert?  Can you add anymore details to our Voicethread?

Science at the Speed of Light-Almost!

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What do you call six experiments using six different scientific tools in sixty minutes?  Science Speed Circle!  The students in our class used each of the science tools to complete a short science experiment lasting ten minutes each. These experiments were designed to best illustrate the specific use of each tool.   Look over the pictures and see if you recognize some of the scientific tools. Have you used any of these tools while conducting a science experiment?   Let us know.