Park Elementary School
Program for Gifted Students and Able Learners
Mrs. Sandy Beck ,Teacher
Ornithology is the study
of birds. One way ornithologists study different species of birds
is by observation and careful note taking on bird behavior, appearance,
and special adaptations. In
this class, students will become ornithologists and will investigate
what sets birds apart from all other creatures.
- Ornithology for Kids
- Over 9,000 different
species of birds inhabit all parts of the world, from puffins
in the Arctic to the birds in your backyard. And they are everywhere:
soaring and diving through the clouds, flying from branch to
branch, hopping on the sidewalk, singing from the trees and bushes.
For all their closeness to us, birds continue to fascinate us.
- Weekly Class News and Updates
- Resources: Bird Internet Links (Please check these out! They are excellent!)
Weekly Homework Assignment
Students are to take their Birding Journal notebook home each
week and then return it to class again every Wednesday. At home,
students are to spend at least 10 minutes observing, sketching
and writing about at least one new bird that they see during
the week. Students will use six clues to help them identify each
new bird. These clues are in their Birding Journals along with
Please check our class web site with postings of class news,
updates, projects and field trips. *Please remind your children
to do their weekly assignment neatly and thoroughly and to return
their Birding Journal notebook to school every Wednesday.
- Our Birdwatching
field trip to the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge
will be March 16th. We will leave school at 9:30 a.m. and return
at 1:30 p.m. Please contact Mrs. Beck if you can chaperone.
- Term Project:
Students will use PowerPoint to produce an on-line field guide
to the birds they discover and observe during this class.
- Bird Words puzzle - 3-5 class
Words puzzle - K-2 class
What Students Will
Do in This Class
Students will create a Birding
Journal in which they will sketch
and write about the wild birds they see at school, on walks,
in their backyard and on trips. They will learn how to use binoculars
and field guides -- books, on-line and CD-Roms. They will learn
how to recognize at least 20 common Florida birds, both residents
and migrants, and participate in the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Commission's Wings Over Florida certificate program.
- Feathered Dinosaurs?
Most scientists agree that the
birds we know today first appeared 65 million years ago, about
the same time that the huge dinosaurs disappeared. Students will
of how the first birds evolved. Could dinosaurs be the ancestors
of today's birds, like this 130 million-year-old Dromaeosaur
(photo on left) covered in feathers it used to keep warm?
Students will brainstorm characteristics
that all modern birds have in common then study these adaptations
which have enabled them to survive. They will learn how birds
communicate through specialized songs, calls, and displays. Students
will also learn how birds fly and experiment with paper airplanes.
They will ponder the mysteries
They will also meet and learn
about live, permanently injured birds of prey from the St.
Francis Wildlife Association and learn how to recognize several
different birds of prey.
Birding Field Trips
will be a field trip to the St.
Marks Wildlife Refuge where students will have the opportunity
to observe and learn about nesting bald eagles and other magnificent
birds: March 16th.
On Saturday April 9th,
I recommend attending the Pinewoods Birding Festival at the historic
Pebble Hill Plantation.
On Saturday, April 22nd -
24th, parents and students are encouraged to attend the Wakulla
Birding and Wildlife Festival at Wakulla Springs.
On Saturday, May 15th, St. Francis
Wildlife will present the 2nd
Annual Tallahassee Wildlife Festival's "Wildlife Art in
the Park" in Ponce de Leon Park, N. Monroe Street
and Park Avenue.
Innovative Wild Art
Using a variety of beans and
birdseed, students will create a mosaic of a favorite species.
On-line Field Guide
Students will use PowerPoint
to produce an on-line field guide to the birds they discover
and observe during this class.
The Wild Classroom