The R. Stewart Esten Elementary School kindergarten class recently completed a unit on the environment with a specific emphasis on learning about birds.
The unit aligns with the project based learning initiative that is part of the developmental kindergarten curriculum,
The project began with a trip to the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, MA where the kindergarteners learned about various habitats of birds. Back in their classroom, they were inspired to read about bird feeders and how they could use recycled materials to make their own.
The children used a variety of materials such as gallon milk jugs, small quart milk cartons, legos, and cardboard boxes. They then filled them with everything from worms, to pine needles and seed. (Part of this project was also to cultivate worms, and learn about a worm’s life-cycle).
Esten principal Marilyn Smith said, “I am so proud of the execution of this project. It’s so impressive that our kindergarteners were so engaged in this unit and shared with me their ‘Birdhouse Journals’ where they documented the observations they made.”
She concluded, “This is truly a creative, cooperative problem solving unit!”
As for the kindergartners, they now welcome and recognize the sparrows, blackbirds, blue jays and other species of birds that are regularly looking for some kind of treat in their hand-made bird feeders.
Below are examples of the bird feeders that the children made and examples of their journals and activities at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.