On Friday I greeted the students with Teacher Frances and Teacher Theresa at the curb while Melissa shared the zoo book with the students in the classroom. Teacher Frances had emailed the parents the night before to inform them the structure of the day could be slightly different if the students wanted it to be. She had suggested a few students start the free playtime outside with Theresa and me looking for worms and making bird feeders. As the children came to school we gave them the choice and because they had found out what they could do the night before many students were excited to build bird feeders and dig for worms. We had developed a step by step photo series for the students to reference as they created the bird feeders. We began by asking about a class pet, similar questions to those asked earlier in the week at the zoo. The students decided that if we wanted birds to visit the playground then we should put food out for them. The bird feeder was made of a cardboard tube covered in soy nut butter, rolled in bird seed, and then a string was thread through and tied so it could be hung from the trees. Eleanor made hers with simple instructions and referencing the photos making this an activity she would repeat the entire time we were outside, making 5 bird feeders total. Other students and their parents wanted to make them together. Jade began with her parents and then took over smearing the peanut butter across the tube.
When the interest on the playground turned to finding worms the students found small shovels and began digging holes to search for worms. Because the class already has worms that live in the classroom a few of the students wanted to find more to add to the ones inside while others wanted them to stay outside. Eleanor and Jade made small homes for the worms by filling boxes with dirt. Andreas said "I want to put him in the dirt, it's his place. Get him out!" (of the small box home)
The students took turns holding the worms. Eleanor exclaimed "It's a worm! It's growing, it's growing!" Teacher Frances explained you have to hold the worms with an open hand so they don't get injured. Andreas explained "I stretch my hand out."