Ms. A O’Connell’s Junior Infants – Making a bird feeder and a simple bird bath
Science – Strand: Environmental Awareness and Care
Strand: Living Things, Strand Unit: Plants and Animals
We collected our equipment: 330ml empty plastic bottles with caps, scissors, twine, chopsticks, sunflower seeds, plastic containers
We made predictions about what birds would visit our bird feeders.
First we had to make our bird feeders.
– Ms. O’Connell used a sharp scissors to prod holes all around the plastic bottles and to make two holes opposite each other about a third of the way up the bottles.
– We pushed a chopstick through both of these holes. This made a perch for the birds.
– Ms. O’Connell also made two holes opposite each other near the top of the bottle. We threaded twine through the holes. We used this twine to hang our bird feeders off the branches of trees.
– We filled the bottles with sunflower seeds. We worked in teams, taking it in turns to fill the bottles with seeds.
– Then we put the lid onto the bottles.
When our bottles were ready we went on a nature walk around the school grounds and chose the best places to hang our bird feeders. We decided to hang two on a tree where we could view the birds from our classroom.
We used recycled plastic containers in order to create simple bird baths for the birds that visit our school grounds. We carefully placed these in the school grounds for the birds to drink from and bathe in.
We found it tricky to spot the birds visiting our bird feeders, but nearly all of our seeds have disappeared so they must have visited when we weren’t watching!
We noticed lots of blackbirds around the school grounds on our nature walks. We read some interesting books about birds and learned all about the blackbird.
– Did you know that the female blackbird is brown?
We also learned that birds need water to stay healthy – they need it to drink and to bathe in. Did you know that birds must keep their feathers clean in order to keep them warm in the cold weather. When it is cold birds fluff up their feathers, they do this to trap air which helps to keep them warm.
Science and Maths
We counted all of the materials (in total we used 9 plastic bottles, 9 bottle caps, 9 chopsticks) this linked our project to the Mathematics Curriculum, Strand: Number, Strand Unit: Counting. We also noticed that all of our bottle caps were circular in shape, this linked to the Strand: Shape and Space, Strand Unit: 2D Shapes.
5. Further Investigations
As we were exploring all about birds we also labeled the external parts of the blackbird.