Not how I thought we’d end our Kindergarten day #SOL20 #SOLSC20

I am a serious bird nerd and, during the course of the year, my Kindergarten students get pretty nerdy, too. We have a classroom bird observation window that looks out over our own feeder station. We participate in Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project Feederwatch citizen science program each year, observing birds and collecting data that we then report back to the project. Each morning when my students arrive, the Lab’s bird cam livestream is running on our interactive whiteboard, allowing us to look more closely at their feathered visitors.

My students have also learned many bird facts, they recognize their calls and songs, and we even play “Name That Bird” when we have a few transitional minutes here or there, usually at the end of the day. I flash an unlabeled photo of a local bird and they name it. You get it. We’re nerdy!

So at the end of the day today we were playing a quick round of NTB before dismissal. I noticed on the back of the House Sparrow card a fact I hadn’t seen before. “Here’s a fun fact to end our day,” I said. “‘Sometimes, you’ll see House Sparrows inside supermarkets and malls!’” Lots of giggles on the rug. “How do you think they get there?” I asked.

“Uber!” a young voice called out.

And then the dismissal bell rang. There’s nothing like ending the day with side-splitting laughter echoing throughout the classroom!


Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.




6 thoughts on “Not how I thought we’d end our Kindergarten day #SOL20 #SOLSC20

  1. Oh, this is so cool! I didn’t get that far with my third graders when I last had a class, but they could recognize and name many of the birds outside of our window by the end of the year. They love that kind of thing, and I love helping them experience it. Thank you for sharing this!


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