Sunday, March 3, 2013

Rocky Hill Elementary Students Discover Birds

On November 16th, 2012, six Knoxville Tennessee Ornithological Society (KTOS) members met at Rocky Hill Elementary School to present the Discover Birds Program to six (all) first grade classes at the school.
Image credit:  Mark Campen

Volunteers Tom Howe, Chris Welsh, Mark Campen and Tony King set up spotting scopes and binoculars outside for one-third of the students, while the rest of the students enjoyed Billie Cantwell's slide show about birds or Paula Schneeberger's bird treasure chest. Each class enjoyed the three separate learning activities as they rotated from one activity to another at the appointed time.
Above, American Robin

The four outside volunteers had small bird walk groups of six to eight children each as they helped the children discover birds around the school yard and view them through binoculars and birding scopes.  Some of the children learned to recognize the bird songs they heard.  Inside, Billie's slide show showed the students how different birds can be with a variety of feather colors, beak sizes and leg lengths, as well as, different
nests and baby birds.  Paula, a naturalist educator, offered a treasure chest of bird items that the children could see up close and explore including bird talons, eggs, feathers and stuffed specimens.
Image credit:  Mark Campen

Each classroom teacher was given a welcome packet developed by Billie Cantwell, including Discover Birds Project information, a sample lesson plan, a 2013 Wild Birds Unlimited calendar and newsletter, a Cornell poster of common feeder birds, Watchable Wildlife items, and a KTOS brochure.  After the program, each student received a Discover Birds Activity book from their teacher.  The cost of the activity books were sponsored by KTOS club member donations.

KTOS Newsletter article describing Rocky Hill Discover Birds Program
Rocky Hill Elementary School
Knoxvile Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society
Tennessee Ornithological Society
Cornell:  American Robin

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