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Bluebirds of the Meadow

Updated on March 16, 2015

Bluebird Feeder

Duncraft Bluebird Feeder
Duncraft Bluebird Feeder | Source

Fly with the Bluebirds and Soar into Learning

Summer nears and the bluebirds start nesting along the fence line. The children are fascinated with the way they fly back and forth to build their nests. They become the focus of our next Unit Study, Bluebirds of the Meadow.


As your little bluebirds flit from place to place they will find educational activities at every turn. Your students will read about Winsome Bluebird and Welcome Robin as they sit under the bluebird house, paint with feathers, spell with birdseed and count the bird tracks. Come to the meadow. Open your eyes. Search with the eyes of a bluebird. Use your imagination. Open your wings and fly!!!

Bluebird Bulletin Board - Decoring the Classroom for the Bluebird Unit Study

Summertime Meadow Bulletin Board
Summertime Meadow Bulletin Board | Source

Calendar Time

At Calendar time we add pictures of birds that represent the ones seen outside the classroom window.

We add the name of the bird below its picture making this bulletin board a Word Wall for the children to use when writing. We rarely see bluebirds early in the spring but as summer approaches, more and more bluebirds are sighted.

Materials for drawing, coloring and cutting out bluebirds and other birds are in the observation center near the window.


Bird Count - Counting Bluebirds

Mealworm Bluebird Feeder
Mealworm Bluebird Feeder | Source

Observing Bluebirds

Stand at the window and watch the bluebirds come into the meadow. They are looking for insects and a place to build their nests.

Ask the children to watch to see if the bluebirds have everything they need to live in the meadow. What could we add to the bird feeder station to attract bluebirds?

Try putting out meal worms for the bluebirds. They will have to be replaced quite often as the bluebirds are looking for live ones. Make sure not to put the meal worms in direct sunlight as they may die from the exposure.

Graphing Bluebird Data

Drawing a Graph
Drawing a Graph | Source

Bird Counting - Graph the Bluebirds and other Visitors

Keep track of the birds that visit your feeder with this cleaver bird counting center.

To see bluebirds you need to have a large open field with lots of insects and bluebird houses placed about ten feet off the ground facing the east. See bluebird house construction below.

Creating a Bluebird Observation Graph

  • Lay a bulletin board down on a table near the window.
  • Make columns with bias tape.
  • Children use push pins to record the birds seen outside the window.

Even if you have a field outside your window, it will be easier for your children to count and identify the birds at the feeder nearer the window.

NOTE: Having field guides and laminated posters of common birds for your area will help in identification.

Feeding the Bluebirds

Bluebird Dad & Fledglings
Bluebird Dad & Fledglings | Source

Mealworms for the Bluebirds

Bluebirds love meal worms. Bluebirds rarely eat birdseed.

They eat mostly insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, spiders, and caterpillars.

During winter months they may eat suet.

They like the fruit of plants such as flowering dogwood, eastern red cedar, holly, and pokeweed.

Mealworms can be fed from a cup hung from the porch.

You can make your own bird feeders.


Bluebirds Eating Suet

Cooking is for the Birds

Your kitchen station should be near water and an outlet. Have a toaster oven, aprons, hot mitts, bowls, measuring cups and spoons, and basic foods such as flour, vinegar, salt, and ingredients for making suet available. A small refrigerator with a freezer is ideal for doing experiments with ice.

1. Write a recipe for suet. Laminate it and post it in your kitchen cooking station. Whenever the birds need more suet you can open this station and the children can measure and mix food for the birds reading the recipe.

2. There could also be recipes for healthy cookies that could be rolled out and cut with letter shaped cookie cutters. Children at this station could cut out their names or theme related words and later share them with the rest of the class during snack time. (This station probably needs a parent volunteer.)

Binoculars are essential for looking at bluebirds and other birds in detail. Teach the children to be patient and persistent. Soon they will be experts at using binoculars and observing bluebirds.

The Woodland Cafe - A Mathematical Activity

WOODLAND CAFE:

1. Write a menu for the Woodland Cafe with pictures and labels of foods that the Woodland Creatures would eat.

2. Make sure that there are 12 items on the menu.

3. Give a value of 1 to 12 cents or dollars to each item.

4. Have chits (bills) available that have room to write down the name of the customer and two items of food ordered with the amount written beside it and a place to total the bill.

5. Using a 12 sided die or rolling two regular dice find out the food eaten and add up the total.

6. The die could tell the total amount of the bill and the students could try to figure out the two items he/she must have eaten to come up with that total.

Have twelve counters available to help them work out the problem.

Let's Write about Bluebirds! - Writing of Bluebirds in the Classroom

Write the Room
Write the Room | Source

Write the Room Activities

Children love to wear feathered goggles and pretend to be bluebirds as they flit around the classroom reading bluebird words from the word walls.

WRITE THE ROOM: Give children 10 cut up pieces of Sentence Strips. They will look for a word to copy onto each of the cards.

They can use fun glasses to look for words:

  • toilet paper binoculars,
  • sunglasses,
  • funny glasses etc.
  • a British Style Zulu Pith Helmet

When finished they put their word lists in the Bird Mailbox and put the flag up.

NOTE: These cards will be used in the next activity.

Mailing Bluebird Word Lists

Bluebird Mailbox
Bluebird Mailbox | Source

Bluebird Egg Words - Unscramble the Bluebird Eggs

Plastic Eggs
Plastic Eggs | Source

Who's Hatching?

Little Bluebirds find out the names of the baby chicks by unscrambling the letters to form words.

  • Keep plastic Easter eggs in a nest.
  • Inside each egg put the letters to form words being studied.
  • Unscramble the Letters when the eggs hatch.
  • Crack the eggs.
  • Rearrange the letters until they form a word.
  • Discover the name of the bluebird chick

The Bluebirds are Hatching

Name the Bluebird Chicks


Bluebirds on Stage - How to make a Bluebird Puppet

BLUEBIRD FINGER PUPPETS:

Have a parent volunteer help children to make bluebird finger puppets from felt.

1.Take a piece of blue felt and fold it in half.

2. Slip your finger into the fold and cut a straight line up leaving enough room to sew a seam. This will be the back of the bluebird.

3. When you get to the tip of the finger, angle the cut to a point forming the head of the bluebird.

4. Take this piece and sew up where you cut.

5. Now cut a half circle out on the fold where the tip of your finger comes.

6. Put your finger back in and draw a face directly on your finger with a pen or marker.

7. Cut out wings and sew them onto the back of the bluebird.

You now have a Bluebird Finger Puppet. Make several bluebirds and put them in the Puppet Theater below.

Bluebird Puppet Theater

1. Take a couple of tin buckets with tall grass growing in them.

2. Put an overturned milk carton between them and a 9X13 pan of short grass on top of the milk crate.

3. The milk crate could be covered in brown dirt colored cloth.

Use the bluebird finger puppets from the above activity to act out scenes from the Green Meadows. Add other birds for the bluebirds to interact with in the meadow.

Bluebird on the Wire

Birds on the Wire
Birds on the Wire | Source

Bluebird Games

Nothing keeps children on task and learning like a good game.

Nest of Baby Bluebirds

Bluebird Babies
Bluebird Babies | Source

Eggs in the Nest Bulletin Board

1. Make a meadow scene with a row of fence posts running across it.

2. On each fence post put a Jello box that has been decorated to look like a bluebird house with the roof hinged so that eggs can be added and taken out.

3. Each birdhouse has a number on it that represents the answer to a number problem.

4. Eggs have number problems or word problems.

5. The students put the eggs back into the right nests.

6. If you have 10 birdhouses and 20 eggs the back of each egg could correspond with the color on the inside of the roof of the birdhouse for self checking.

NOTE: Move the birdhouses often so that they don't memorize the colors instead of the math problems.

Bluebird Math Activities

Children love to practice their math facts with the Cracking Eggs Center. Add the two numbers and check by cracking the egg and looking at the number on the chick.

Store the eggs in a bluebird house and use them during Center Time.

I adapted this idea from Miss Renee's Kindergarten activity Eggshell Number Sequencing.

Bluebird Mail

Vintage Blue Bird Postage
Vintage Blue Bird Postage | Source

Bluebird Mail Learning Center

Students dress as mail carriers, passenger pigeons or Bluebird Mail carriers with mail sacks and hats.

  • Take the cards from the mailbox and put the flag down.
  • Deliver the mail to the correct birdhouse.
  • Bird house will have signs on them that correspond to phonic skills being studied for example

-words beginning with letter b on one house and d on the other.

-verbs vs. nouns

-three letter words vs. four letter words

NOTE: Ask the students for other ideas to reuse these words.

Shadow Puppet Birds

In a dark corner or in the cave of the tree (see by River Otter Unit Study)

  • hang a white sheet with a flashlight behind it.
  • Cut shapes of different meadow creatures out of black cardstock.
  • One student holds the flashlight.
  • One student moves the puppets and tells the story.
  • Two children are in the audience.

Use a timer to limit the time and let them know when to rotate roles.

Bluebird Wings

Using large pieces of felt make sets of wings.

  • Sew two inch wide strips of felt on the top and bottom of each wing so that the child can slip his/her arm through.
  • Make two more two inch wide strips about a yard or so long attached at the shoulders only. These cross the child's chest and tie in the back.
  • Make one set blue for Winsome Bluebird, one set red for Welcome Robin.
  • Include a couple of pairs of bright yellow socks such as soccer socks to use for bird feet. Children can act out the roles of Winsome Bluebird and Welcome Robin.

Birds of a Feather Read Together

The Boy Who Drew Birds
The Boy Who Drew Birds | Source

Bluebird Alphabet Book

Brainstorm ideas as a class for each of the letters of the alphabet. Post these ideas above the Writing Center.

Children work alone or in pairs to write and illustrate a page, cross it off the list, sign their names beside it and put the page into a folder hanging beside the list.

When all pages are completed ask a parent volunteer to bind it. Read it to the class and add it to the class library or Book Nook.

Words might include:

  • A is for aviary
  • B is for Bluebird
  • C is for
  • D is for
  • E is for egg.
  • F is for feeder.
  • G is for
  • H is for house (birdhouse)
  • I is for
  • J is for
  • K is for
  • L is for
  • M is for mealworms.
  • N is for nest.
  • O is for oval (Shape of the Egg)
  • P is for
  • Q is for
  • R is for
  • S is for suet.
  • T is for
  • U is for
  • V is for
  • W is for Wing
  • X is for
  • Y is for
  • Z is for

Make suggestion in the comments section at the bottom of this page to help complete the letters of the Bluebird Alphabet.



POEMS AND CHANTS: Copy poems, songs, and chants onto large poster boards and have them laminated.

READ THE ROOM: Children can use theme related pointers to read the charts with a partner.

HIGHLIGHTER TAPE: Children can use Highlighter Tape on the charts to highlight verbs, beginning letters, rhyming words etc.


Birds of a Feather Write Together - Writing about Bluebirds

Put the letters for spelling bluebird on this magnetic bird shaped board. Add a picture of a bluebird with magnet attached and the word bluebird. Children unscramble the word.

Variation: Unscramble the sentence.

Scientific Birds

Bluebird Science

Scientists now believe that birds have navigational systems nearly as sophisticated as those of commercial airlines.

Background For Teachers:

Birds are a group of animals with very specific characteristics. They are warm-blooded, have feathers and hollow bones, and lay eggs. All birds have wings, but not all birds fly. They all have beaks, but each type of bird has a different type of beak, depending on the kind of food it eats.

SCIENCE TABLE: Collect feathers, egg shells, nests, seeds, etc. Have a cage of parakeets or finches nearby. Magnifying glass, tweezers, nutcracker, lab coat, safety goggles, etc. for examining the collection. Field guides such as "The Sibley Guide to Birds" by David Allen Sibley should be handy. Record your observations.

OPERATING ROOM: With the teacher or an experienced parent volunteer, dissect a chicken, turkey, and a quail. Check for skin, where feathers attach, muscles, fat, bone structure, etc. Move the wings and see how the ligaments hold the bones together. -Dissect chicken, duck, emu, and quail eggs.

-Dissect a rabbit and any other animal you can acquire. How about clams, muscles, fish, snails, lobster, shrimp...

CLASSROOM ZOO: Compare the birds to the fish in your Aquarium, your hamster, butterfly, frog and turtle. What do they have in common? How are they alike? Record your observations.

SOIL SCIENCE: Go on a walk and collect samples of soils in different habitats. (meadow, riverbank, forest, etc) Store these samples in labeled baby food jars. At the Science Table open each one and smell, observe, touch, and rub some between your fingers to hear the similarities and differences.(Do not taste them.) Draw pictures of your observations. If they are dry try adding water with eyedroppers. Observe and record the differences. How do the different soils effect the types of vegetation growing in the different habitats and how does this in turn effect the types of animals living there.

Raising Baby Chicks - Baby Bluebird Chicks

Classroom Incubation Kit
Classroom Incubation Kit | Source

Hatching Chicks

Of course, you can't incubate bluebirds but watching baby chickens hatch and develop will give you an idea of what is happening with baby bluebird chicks.

Help your children learn to record their observations on a daily basis.

If you are lucky enough to have bluebirds nesting near your observation window, look for ways that you can compare the development of the baby chicks to that of the baby bluebirds.

Bluebird Houses

Bluebird House
Bluebird House | Source

Bluebird Meadow

Turn your Classroom into a Meadow for the Bluebirds

Bluebirds nest in small cavities in lone trees or fence posts on the edge of fields.

The fields are full of many different types of grasses and wildflowers as well as insects, snakes, and other birds.

My classroom is filled with live trees, flats of grasses and water both in pond and stream forms.

Bluebird Meadow Flannel Board

  • Set up a Flannel Board with a meadow scene
  • Add plants and animals from the meadow.
  • Draw or cut out pictures of bluebirds, nests, mealworms, insects, trees, flowers and grass
  • Glue the pictures to pieces of felt or sandpaper
  • Write the words for the pictures and glue to felt or sand paper

Children can create and label scenes of bluebirds in the meadow

Sensory Table Meadow


RICE TABLE MEADOW: Surprise your little bluebirds by dumping a bag of potting soil into the rice table. Give them some birdseed and a little water to sprinkle to make streams run through. Add Playmobile figures or other little plastic animals, small twigs, etc. and let them make up stories as they go.

Keep a cover on it whenever it's not in use. In a few days they will be surprised when the seeds sprout and start to grow. Record this growth on a chart nearby.

Corn Sprouts for the Sensory Table

Corn Sprouts
Corn Sprouts | Source

Grasses of the Meadow

PLANTS: Grasses grow easily in shallow containers.

Put 1-2 inches of soil in 13X9 baking pans. Children can scatter birdseed, grass seed, or collect seeds from plants found on walks. Add some wild flower seeds. When you go on walks look for varieties you haven't seen before. Keep notes in your journal.

Bluebirds at the Feeder


FEEDING STATION: Set up bird feeders outside near the window. See The Bird Lover's Backyard Handbook: Attracting, Nesting, Feeding by Jan Mahnken.

Write a recipe for suet in the cooking center and have children make and replace the suet as needed. Measure and record the amounts of different kinds of seeds eaten by birds daily.

Put binoculars and pith helmets in the loft of the tree (see River Otters Unit Study lens) and record your observations of the birds at the feeder.

Join the Kindergarten Class from the Here Birdy, Birdy Kindergarten Telecollaborative Project in recording the birds at your feeder at Calendar Time. (See link below)

Bluebirds in Flight

BIRDS ALL AROUND: Put plush birds by Wild Republic (See below) in the tree and a bluebird on a post out in the open.

During circle time put several of these birds in a sack. Squeeze one at a time and have them guess which one it is from the call.

In the listening center play CD's of Bird Calls (See Below)

FLYING BIRDS: Ask parent volunteers to help you make the Bird Mobiles by Anne Wild (see below). Read about each type of bird as you hang them up. Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Birds by Jim Arnosky (see below) has beautiful illustrations and easily captures children's attention.

Bird Mobiles (Make mobiles series)
Bird Mobiles (Make mobiles series)

Use an exato knife to cut out the pieces, tape them together, punch holes out with an awl, thread some string or thread and hang them. They are beautiful and would be great hanging from a tree in a classroom that's doing a woodlands or bird unit study. This is not a project for children, however. The cutting needs to be very precise but afterwards the children will love them. I put them up while reading the Thornton Burgess books for example "The Adventures of Sammy Jay".

 
How to Build a Bluebird House
How to Build a Bluebird House

Building Bluebird Houses

How to Build a Bluebird House

At the time that Thornton Burgess wrote about Winsome Bluebird and Welcome Robin, bluebirds were common. With habitat loss, pollution and the introduction of the English Sparrow, Bluebirds have become quite scarce.

Some children would love to learn how to build a bluebird house. One year we visited a local farmer and bluebird enthusiast who took the time to show the children how to make bluebird houses. We now have several along the fenceline of our meadow.


Photo Credit: How to Build a Bluebird House

From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

All About Bluebirds

Four Bluebird Eggs
Four Bluebird Eggs | Source

Discovering Bluebird Eggs

What will you discover when you peek into the bluebird house? Why, four blue eggs tucked snugly into a nest of woven grass. Remember it is best not to peek often as this will scare away the bluebird parents.

Bluebird Cards

eeBoo Counting Birds are large 8 X 10 wall cards featuring Cardinals, Hummingbirds, Wrens, Sparrows as well as the numbers 1 to 10. Hang these posters above your math center or use them with younger children for as a learning center where you put the numbers in order. Use small birds or Unifix Cubes for one on one correspondence activities and then pair them up to see which numbers are odds or evens.

Create your own decks of cards with a bluebird theme. Make cards to play all the familiar games such as Go Fish, Concentration, Memory, or Bingo.

Birds in the Trees - A Cooperative Game for Little Bluebirds

In this variation on Musical Chairs there are no losers; everyone gets to play.

1. Talk with the children about protection. Trees form a shelter for birds in a storm.

2.In this game some children will be trees and others will be bluebirds. When the music plays it is sunny and the birds fly through the trees. When the music stops, it signifies the calm before the storm when all the birds need to seek shelter under the trees.

3. After each round a tree becomes a bird until all the trees become birds and the teacher is the last tree.

How to Draw Birds

Draw a Bluebird

Drawing Bluebirds
Drawing Bluebirds | Source

Label the Bluebird - Bluebird Word Wall

LABEL THE PARTS OF THE BLUEBIRD: Attach a large picture of a bluebird to a magnetic board, filing cabinet or tray. Use magnet words or cards with magnet strips attached to label the parts of the bird. Have a Bird Field Guide handy.

Bluebirds are Egg Layers - Are Bluebirds Oviparous Animals?

Bluebirds are Oviparous
Bluebirds are Oviparous | Source

Oviparous Animals

When studying birds, such as bluebirds, I like to diverge a little and learn about all the other oviparous animals, animals that lay eggs.

Even if you can't find bluebird eggs, quail eggs, duck eggs and emu eggs can often be found to bring in to class.

  • Put them into a paper sack and play 20 Questions with the children so they can guess what is hidden in the sack.
  • The questions can only be answered with a yes or no.
  • This develops a lot of excitement and anticipation.
  • We then estimate the circumference and weight and then check our estimates with a tape measure and scales.
  • We compare this data with data about bluebird eggs.
  • Each of the children gets to hold the eggs and then we dissect them very carefully looking at the membrane, the yolk and the white parts.

How to Make an Origami Bluebird

Bird Games and Toys

These are games that would make great Learning Centers or games to be included in Literacy Bags. Look at these games and toys to see what children can learn about bluebirds from them. Hand a child one of these toys and ask them. You will be amazed at the learning that can come from playing together.

Children Draw Bluebirds

Children can use their talents to illustrate journals, books, posters, etc. It also helps them to develop better fine motor skills for handwriting.

Read a book about drawing birds by Ed Emberley or show them the video above. Drawing birds is just a matter of putting together various geometric shapes and coloring them in.

Teaching children how to draw bluebirds encourages them to enjoy illustrating books they write about the birds they are observing and studying.

Birds of a Feather Draw Together

ART CENTER: Besides having lots of paper, writing utensils and craft supplies, provide a basket or shelf of books on how to draw. Find step-by-step directions for drawing bluebirds and post them above the art table. Keep a 3-ring binder with similar directions of other animals. Laminating them will not only make them last longer but allow your young artists to trace over the examples with dry erase markers.

DRAWING BLUEBIRDS: Bluebirds are fun to draw. To make a bluebird, all you need are couple of blue triangles, an orange triangle, a blue circle, a blue C, an eye dot and a few simple lines for legs and feet. Change the blues to reds and you've got a red bird. Change them to brown to make a robin.

Origami Bluebird

Make your own Bluebird

Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to make origami bluebirds. Origami bluebirds would be nice hanging from the ceiling as if they looking for insects.

I like to hang them using thread and watch them move around in the breeze from an open window, fan or heat duct.

Bluebird Life Cycle Matching Game

Bluebird Matching Game
Bluebird Matching Game | Source

Become a Bluebird

Every day is a great day for Dress-up. Now that you have learned about bluebirds, it is time to try acting as a bluebird. Make bluebird costumes. Dance like a bluebird. Make up plays about bluebirds. Use your imagination...

Online Bird and Word Matching Game

Match the bird to it's shadow and then match it's name to the bird.

Bluebird Costumes

Alicia Markova as Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty
Alicia Markova as Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty | Source

Ballerinas dancing as Bluebirds

Above you see images of Alicia Markova dancing as the Bluebird in the 1940 version of Sleeping Beauty. She was a very famous dancer who later on became a ballet teacher and choreographer.

  • Set up a dance floor with a bar and mirror.
  • Post Alicia Markova's poster near the mirror.
  • Set up a computer with the video below of a young girl dancing the part of the bluebird nearby where children can watch.
  • Have costumes with blue wings and masks available
  • Set up a video camera on a tripod for children to record their dances

Children love to dance the part of the bluebird

Listen to the Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird | Source

Listen to the Bluebirds

Put a CD player in the bathroom on continuous play. Play CD's of bird calls.

This idea actually came from reading the book, Cheaper by the Dozen, which is a wonderfully funny look at teaching and learning.

Father didn't allow any wasting of time so he had the children listen to French and German Language Learning records in the bathroom as they brushed their teeth etc.

NOTE: Don't watch the movie. It has no relation to this wonderful book.

Or listen to this audio file of Bluebird Calls.

How to Make a Bluebird Costurme

Bluebird Ballet Dance

"Here Comes a Bluebird"

"Here Comes a Bluebird" Song and Dance Game

To PLAY the game

"Here Comes a Bluebird"

1. Choose a child to be the first "Bluebird."

2. The rest of the children join hands and form a circle, holding their hands high.

3. Everyone sings The Bluebird Song as the "Bluebird" weaves in and out

of the "windows of the upraised arms of the children in the circle. Listen to the song "Here Comes A Bluebird" so that you can hear the tune and rhythm in order to teach it to your children.

4. When you get to the words "Pick a Little Partner," the "bluebird" draws the nearest child into the circle changing this child into a bluebird. These two bluebirds join both hands and hop into the center of the circle.

5. The two bluebirds drop hands, and begin the game again, now with the partners becoming two "bluebirds." The circle rejoins hands and repeats the song. Both "bluebirds" now picking partners.

6. Continue repeating the song, accumulating "Bluebirds" until there is no circle left!

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"Here Come a Little Bluebird" with Rhythm Sticks

Bluebird House on eBay

Mount a bluebird house or a series of them along the fence line of a field and you encourage these beautiful birds to choose your neighborhood to raise their young.

Do bluebirds come to your home? - Do you have bluebird houses along your fenceline?

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      MayaIxchel 4 years ago

      Great lens on bluebirds! They are so beautiful. Thanks for the wonderful kids activities as well!

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing - I really enjoyed it!

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      reubenj 4 years ago

      What an amazing lens. I appreciate the time and effort you put into it. I remember when we lived on the farm, my father would always build a few bluebird houses and place around the garden. He called them natural insect traps.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Blue Jays seem to show up to supervise me in the garden. I'm not sure if I actually have bluebirds. I'm not that good at recognizing my winged visitors. We do have plenty of berries on our trees at this time of year, though. i love your book selection. You always seem to pick a lot of my favorites.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Thanks to the Southern California Bluebird Club we now have Western Bluebirds in Southern California. They put out and manage nest boxes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      WOW. this is great stuff and a beautiful presentation

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Fantastic learning opportunities. Thank you for another fabulous collection of instructional resources. I am so ready for my bluebirds to return for nesting season. Who wouldn't love to immerse themselves in these activities? It's hard to resist a wondrous bluebird teachable moment. Appreciated!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really enjoyed your beautiful lens

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      Bluebirds have been rare visitors each place I've lived. This is another excellent lens with exercises that engage children with nature. I love the idea of counting birds or recording when they arrive. Well done! I will feature this lens on Brown Pelicans and on Action Origami Easy Paper Pelican.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i like taking photos and filming geese. my parents taught me that if geese fly overhead it's good luck :) blog rollin ur lenses with mine ;)

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      wildewoodwitch lm 6 years ago

      i enjoyed the info very much we always have lots of bluebirds at my home i always make sure to have plenty of houses for them i will put you on my lists

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      Its an interesting fact but we don't have bluebirds in the UK, even though Vera Lynn sang about bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover. The song was penned by an American. We do have a small bird called the Blue Tit though.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      Bravo again! I don't homeschool but I do have three children and I always love to read your lenses. I am lensrolling this to several of my bird lenses. We have the Bluebird's Nest book and it is wonderful! Great lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This one really "blew / blue" me away!! :)

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      @ElizabethJeanAl: Bluebirds are one of my favorite birds as well. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Great lens! The Eastern Bluebird is my favorite bird.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you SquidAngel.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      You make incredible lenses and this one is ~blessed by a squid angel~today.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a great lens! I love bluebirds. Sometimes there are three batches of babies in one season in our very popular bluebird house! Glad I found you.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Evelyn, you always give so much and your lenses are all beautiful! 5* and favorite, lensroll

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      a very sweet, neat and comprehensive lens!

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      Redrod 8 years ago

      I really like your Lens! 5* in my book.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hey Evelyn -

      Love this page!

      Here's an article on my green-talk blog and wondered what you thought about it.

      here's the link: http://greentalk2.ning.com/profiles/blogs/artifici...

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Wow! What great ideas. You are a 5* for us. Welcome to the Backyard Birding group.

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Double WOW! The tiny bluebird has been honored with such a lengthy lens!

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      Superb!

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      Lovely lens! 5* and fav for you!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I think this one ranks as one of my favorites!

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Beautiful as usual.

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      LisaJo1 9 years ago

      Wow, what a fantastic lens! So much information and presented in such a great way. You've outdone yourself with this one. 5 starts and a Digg!

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Another great lens by you!

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      Yvonne L. B. 9 years ago from Covington, LA

      Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens links to the appropriate plexos and vote for them.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      Once a bird food store owner told me that bluebirds trust people that they know around their nests. This is because the biggest danger to their eggs and young are snakes, and they know that when humans (the ones they know) are around they know that the snakes will stay away.

      He said they think of the bird food owner as "Aunt or Uncle"

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Great lens. So full of great stuff! 5*

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      Oh how fun! A few months ago I had a treasury page on Etsy based around the bluebird of happiness!

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      heipet 9 years ago

      Hi Evelyn, congratulations on making it into the Top Ten with two of your lenses! Well deserved!

      Squid's Choice Awards Lens Nominations for the Month of May - This Month's Theme: Things With Wings

      heipet - SUMMER Groupmaster

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      RaintreeAnnie 9 years ago from UK

      Lovely and educational lens. Your commitment to teaching and helping children to learn really shines through. So wonderful when children and all of us appreciate nature. 5 stars and lensrolling to "our nesting blackbirds" :)

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      heipet 9 years ago

      I have nominated this lens for "Squidoo's Top 10 Favorite Lens Nominations for the Month of May -

      This Month's Theme Is: Things With Wings"!

      Everybody who admires this lens please go there and VOTE!

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      Yvonne L. B. 9 years ago from Covington, LA

      Great lens, 5 stars, favorite and a lensroll to How to Build a Bluebird Trail.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Great lens! I love to see science projects and activities geared for younger students. They help develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

      5 stars

      Liz

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      Very informative! Thank you. :)

      5*

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      Deb Bryan 9 years ago from Chico California

      5 stars, favorite, and I lensrolled this to my How to Create a Butterfly Garden lens. IN JOY, GypsyOwl

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      Becca Sanz 9 years ago

      Your lens is very informative. Staying healthy is very important. I hope you will support movement to promote Healthy Food on college campuses.

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, excellent lens, the projects look really fun. We have some bluebirds occasionally on our suet feeder. Thanks for joining the Wild Birds Group!

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      Kathryn Grace 9 years ago from San Francisco

      Evelyn, you build the most wonderful lenses. What a great resource this is. I love that you spend as much or more time on ways to teach the science as you do on stories that anthropomorphize the animals. (What do you think about that, anyway? I know it can be a good teaching tool as well.) I can't wait to see my little granddaughter again and make some wings for her.

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      rwoman 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! If you need some inspiration check out my lens.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      Wow~ another wonderful and educational lens! 5*'s for sure!Thanks for the "nest" recipe in time for Easter, (I'll be making them with my kids). And I LOVE that art of the bird mail! My daughter raised baby chicks when she was young and sold fresh eggs at about 8 years old. Now she and my teen boys have over 100 chickens as pets with names!

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      steveffeo lm 9 years ago

      Amazing amount of detailed info, greatttt job, I have lots of bluebirds they seem to only like one family of birds in a yard, perhaps they are all waiting for this year

      Garden :):)

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Elizabeth Jean makes a point that I have tried to express in maybe too subtle a way and that is that children of all ages, adults as well, learn better when using all their senses and are actively involved in their learning. You can't beat a hands-on approach for bringing excitement to learning any subject.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I am a high school science teacher. While most of the stuff on your lens is geared toward the younger croud, there are some projects and activities that I can adapt to the high school classroom.

      Thanks!

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      Jeff Wendland 9 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      Another great lens, I really appreciate the work you put into them. I have always loved birds, in fact, bird was my first word.

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      Stephene 9 years ago

      thks for useful information.. i like your lense very much.. i hv bookmarked this lense and joined your fan club.. (^o^)

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      maxy 9 years ago

      Great lens, creative and informative! Please check out my phone card lens!

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      great job !

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      Becca Sanz 9 years ago

      Thank you for sending me your Squidcast. Your lenses are always a joy to read. I hope you will support movement to promote Healthy Food on college campuses.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What a great lens with lots of interesting information! Well Done. Thank you for dropping by and lensrolling our Wild Rice lens. - Kathy

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      flicker lm 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens, Evelyn! I can figure out which section I like best.

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      JJ37 10 years ago

      Your learning activities offer much hands-on variety for the children! Thanks for adding my lens Create a Backyard Habitat a Hobby for the Whole Family to your "More great lenses" list. Visit often, I have many more photos to add.

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      KSamuel-Stevens 10 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I will be using some of the informaton you have provided. Great job!

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      groovyoldlady 10 years ago

      Niiiiiiiice!

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      safa40 10 years ago

      Great lens, lots of good info! safa40 squidoo.com/somebodybook

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      gods_grace_notes 10 years ago

      Hi Evelyn! You've written another wonderful unit study! I love bluebirds...I've always loved watching them; especially when they hang out with cardinals. There's nothing prettier than their splashes of red

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      Eevee LM 10 years ago

      Great lens! How do you come up with such great ideas? I also love the Sea Birds Chessmen. I wonder if they will make Woodland Creatures Chessmen.