Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Critters OUTSIDE the Classroom

So many of you have commented that you are not allowed to have critters in your classrooms.  How sad for you and your students!  Here is a way to incorporate animals into your classroom without having them physically inside: get a window bird feeder!  I got mine from Amazon.com and it was so cheap.  (I have included links below.)  The students love watching a bird at the bird feeder.  The bird feeder is also attracting squirrels.  As we were reading Scaredy Squirrel's Travel Journal, this little buddy decided to peek in the window!  The kids thought it was hysterical.  We are going to start feeding him nuts so he comes back often.



Me with Scaredy Squirrel.




6 comments:

  1. Erica, I love the idea of a window feeder. Why didn't I think of that?
    2B Honey Bunch

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  2. I know Erika! I was just thinking the same thing! I am SO putting a bird feeder outside my room!

    Hilary
    Rockin' Teacher Materials

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  3. Great post, Erica! I had a window bird feeder for the last few years. True, it was a distraction for the first few days it was up... but at least it was a "learning distraction"! The learning that comes from a bird feeder is awesome: the kids started to identify kinds of birds & write about them in their journals. It was also a great place to station a hyper kiddo for a few minutes to "count the birds" - they say that watching fish in a tank has a calming effect, but so does watching the birds! Funniest thing was to see the little ones "Shhh" a noisy friend - "You'll scare the birds!" :)
    I'm planning to do a blog post and chart about the winter birds nearer to Valentines Day - I'll forward it to you!

    Linda
    Primary Inspiration

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  4. Just put up my post that I mentioned in the previous comment... hope you'll enjoy it!

    Linda
    http://primaryinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-treat-for-birds.html

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  5. Thanks so much, Erica! I'd be delighted to have you link the post!

    In the past (I'm newly retired), I always had an Earthworm Day in the spring - brought the worms in and had a day of cross-curricular learning with them. Kind of funky, I know, but sooo great for the kids! Might that be something you'd be interested in for a post - maybe in April?

    Linda

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    Lisa

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