As part of their project-based learning, first grade students in Debbie Jaeger’s class at Clara H. Carlson School engineered and constructed bird feeders using recycled materials.
The driving question of the unit was “How can we make land more useful for living things?” Students learned about natural resources and studied birds that live on Long Island. They also read several Reading A-Z books, including “The Bird’s Nest” and “Some Birds Go.” During their research they found that items such as berries and sunflower seeds attract birds to bird feeders.
Using recycled containers, Cheerios, clothes pins and string, the youngsters worked with their sixth grade buddies to engineer and construct their bird feeders. The sixth grade helpers brought their tablets to show the first graders different design options. The students hope to place the bird feeders around the community.
Photo captions: 1. Clara H. Carlson School first grader Leah Cosme strung Cheerios for her bird feeder.
Clara H. Carlson School first grader Haider Imran received assistance from sixth grader Julio Turcios.
3. Clara H. Carlson School first graders MacAllister Jean Louis (left) and Michael Robinson worked with sixth grader Sean Lambert.
4. Clara H. Carlson School first grader Madison Bateau strung Cheerios with sixth grader Beyonce Sewsundar.