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Fifth Graders Go Birding

By: Science Teacher Ruthie Grote

October 7, 2014

Rossman fifth graders participate every year in the Bird Sleuth program through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. At the beginning of the year, each student is assigned a focus bird, which he or she will become an expert in identifying. The hope is that every student will become an expert on all 32 birds early in the school year.

At least twice each month, the students spend time studying the birds on or near the three bird feeders in the courtyard outside the fifth grade classroom. They identify and record all the birds that they see. Then I enter the information in a national database that is reviewed by scientists. In the last seven years we have been contacted twice by scientists with questions about our data.

Two fifth graders have become so enthusiastic about birds that they recently built several models of the birds using their home Lego sets. One constructed an owl, a cardinal and a house sparrow. The other constructed a bald eagle and a cardinal. Check out their creations in the photos below.



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