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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Thank You Nancy Carroll...We LOVE the Decorah Eagle Cam!

Last night as I was perusing through Edmodo, I saw a link for animal webcams which I thought would  be great for my upcoming unit on animal behaviors.  I posted the link on Twitter to pass the wonderful info on, and almost immediately I received a tweet from Nancy Carroll (ncarroll24) asking if I was following the Decorah Eagles.  I looked on the site I had just found and didn't see a link, so I searched a bit and finally found what she was referring to.  I was so excited as I watched the live cam, even though it was just momma eagle sitting on the nest with the night sounds all around her...I couldn't wait to share this amazing experience with my students the next morning.

It was endearing to watch my students reactions and instant attachments built as they witnessed throughout the day the behaviors of the mom, dad, and little babies.  What conversations were spurred on through our observations.  Believe it or not, I hated that we were going on spring break the next week and that we wouldn't be able to continue observing this wonder of nature together.  I know many of my students said they were headed home to continue watching the eagles, and I'm also excited to continue watching this unfolding drama!

PS. Thank you Nancy for your passing on this wonderful experience so many more of us could share in the breath-taking excitement of the Project Decorah Eagle Cam!  Check out Nancy's blog for more information on the Raptor Resource Project and Decorah Eagle Cam!

Today was career day at our school and we certainly learned about a very real career of being the parent of baby birds.  This is a short clip I captured of the birds during one of our other guest speakers:

(videos quit working...will have them up again soon!)

Several drawings from students inspired by our bird watching experiences:

Friday, March 30, 2012

Share your Observations From the Decorah Eagle Cam!!!

*Latest Update, 4/7/12

Find out up to date information about the Decorah Eagles as well as their organization at the links below.  They also provide the latest pictures and videos of how the birds are progressing on these sites. These are wonderful resources to continue our observing:

1. Decorah Eagles on FaceBook
2. Decorah Eables on UStream
3. The Raptor Resource Project on FaceBook

Wellford students and any other Decorah Eagle Cam enthusiasts, I know we all can't watch the webcam 24/7, so what if we shared our observations and the time of our observations...then anyone who wants to see what they missed could go back and look over our comments.   Come one, come all, lets observe and share together!

Decorah Eagle Webcam

3/30/12 around 7:30pm

3/31/12 around 7:40am

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Night and Day, the Astronomy STEM Way

This year our school has been developing a beginning understand of the STEM learning process, so my classes have begun the challenge of learning how to incorporate this special approach.  Before we began our STEM learning project, we shared some very interesting ideas of how we thought night and day happened.  After much exploration, students began to understand the scientific explanations behind this daily occurrence, and they had a blast exploring and developing their ideas of how Earth's night and day comes about.

One aspect of our STEM astronomy project that makes my teacher heart smile was how the students motivated their own learning through the use of group questions, exploration and continual discussions.  I truly felt like a facilitator and conduit of information as the students were on their quest to develop their own understanding of how the creation of night and day occurs!

This Friday, March 30th, our school will be hosting Career Day where each class will debut a STEM project they developed throughout the last couple months.

We want to share with our Twitter friends an "early showing" of our STEM project, Night and Day, the Astronomy STEM Way!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Planet Rotation Order, Silly Phrase Style!

Do you know the order of the planets as they rotate around the Sun?  Our classes worked in groups to develop silly phrases helping students remember the rotation order.  We had a special competition for the most creative phrase/drawing and Seleena of Miss Tripp's homeroom class won this special honor.  She also won a New York t-shirt as a prize for this special time!  Below, check out some of the thoughtful work created by students from both classes:

Our winner, Seleena

My very energized mummy Jack sat under Nanny's tree.