Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Big Whoop Part 3

Two Students from Ms. Torres' class explain the Whooping Crane Necklace in English and Spanish!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Speaker from U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Endangered Species Division

Mrs. Green is a wildlife biologist with the United States Fish and Wildlife. She spent most of the day at Barrett presenting to Kindergarten and Fourth grade students. Mrs. Green showed how biologists attach radio transmitters to animals to learn more about them. This information helps the biologists protect the endangered species. She explained that what she learned in school is very important to her job. She must read scientific articles and write reports. She also has to keep notes when she is out in the field. Mrs. Green showed us items that had been made from endangered species that had been taken away from people. Mrs. Green brought bookmarks, stickers, and temporary tatoos for the students. Thanks Mrs. Green!

Career Week - Nancy Green Fish and Wildlife, Endangered Species Division

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Guest Speaker from Patuxent Research Refuge

Today Mr. Dennis Hartnett presented to our four Kindergarten classes and two fourth grade classes. Mr. Hartnett works at Patuxent in Maryland where the whooping crane chicks are hatched. We learned about this endangered species and what people are doing to keep this bird from becoming extinct. Maybe your future career will be related to protecting endangered species!
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Whooping Crane Career Week Dennis Hartnett Patuxent  K, 4th

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Student Sharing

One of our students shared that he visited the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum out near the Dulles airport and saw an Ultralight aircraft. It is the actual ultralight used by Operation Migration on one of the whooping crane migrations!

Another student shared a book he read at home about endangered animals. He noticed that one of the animals in the book is the whooping crane. To learn more about the two flocks of whooping cranes, read the online storybooks about the Western Flock and the Eastern Flock. We are following the migration of the Eastern flock.

It was fun that students from New Jersey sent Flat Stanley to Barrett Elementary. While Stanley was here, he learned about the whooping crane migration.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Crane Reports from the Barrett TV Studio

On October 17th we posted our first Tiger TV and Internet show BIG WHOOP. We posted our second BIG WHOOP show on November 7th. We plan to post several other BIG WHOOP shows in the coming weeks.

We thought you might enjoy the slideshow below showing the behind the scenes in the Barrett TV Studio with Mrs. Shaw and Mr. Delventhal.

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Whooping Crane Migration Skit Featuring Flat Stanley

We were thrilled when Flat Stanley from New Jersey visited Barrett on the day the Kindergarteners were acting in the Whooping Crane Migration Skit. Look for Flat Stanley in several frames in the video below.

Photographs from Heather Ray of Operation Migration

Heather Ray from Operation Migration is traveling with the whooping cranes on the migration from Wisconsin to Florida. Ms. Ray has been following the activities of the Barrett Kindergarteners and sent the photos below to the students. Enjoy!

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Counting and Patterns with the Whooping Crane Necklace

Some of the words and parts of the photos were cut off in the post below. To see the original post with complete pictures, please visit the Project Discovery Blog.

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Kindergarten students practiced counting by fives and making patterns as they created necklaces. The necklaces were created with student-made beads to represent the whooping crane life cycle and the people who help the whooping cranes. The students also used blue and green store-bought beads to make patterns. Can you count the beads and read the pattern?
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Whooping Crane Life Cycle

egg  chick  Adult  Flying

We had such a marvelous time learning about the whooping crane life cycle and making whooping crane necklaces. Thanks to everyone for helping out on this project! Mrs. Shaw from Project Interaction/Communication Arts cut the clay pieces. She also helped the students learn how to make beads from clay. Thanks to the Friday Volunteers and Barrett parents for preparing the chick and adult medallions for the center of the necklace and cutting the cords. It was great that many people popped in to the Discovery Lab to help with the project; our principal Mrs. Bratt, assistant principal Mrs. Smingler, and many Barrett teachers and parents and even grandparents!


We appreciate Karen Sonnenblick from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for photos and information that helped us build our life-sized models of the egg, chick, juvenile, and adult whooping crane. We are so lucky to have an artist/educator/bird-lover working at Barrett who was willing to create the models. Hats off to our talented Melissa Poore!


The first video below shows the students learning about the whooping crane life cycle and the actual size of the whooping crane. You can see the students holding out their arms to make a prediction of how big the whooping crane actually is. The life-sized model was hiding behind a curtain. The students were surprised when they saw how large the crane actually is (5 feet tall, wing span about 7 feet). Later, each child had a photo taken with the whooping crane. The video includes art work by Vicky Henderson, who has given us permission to post her work. You may see her paintings and photographs of the whooping cranes at http://vickiehenderson.blogspot.com


The video also highlights two students recording our first BIG WHOOP show in the Barrett Communication Arts TV Studio. There are photos of the students watching the show the following day on Tiger TV, the daily Barrett news show. Special thanks to our Instructional Technology Coordinator (ITC) Fred Delventhal for hosting the show.


We also started the Kindergarten Whooping Word Wall. Can you guess which words we chose for the wall? Watch the video to find out!


The second video shows us preparing the materials for the whooping crane necklaces and the students making the beads and necklaces.

Photos from the Animoto videos may be viewed as a slideshow or downloaded from Mrs. Sullivan’s Picasa Web Album http://picasaweb.google.com/LaurieJSullivan You can watch the BIG WHOOP show at
http://whoopingcranes.blogspot.com(Posted on October 17, 2008)


To follow the whooping crane migration, which is occurring right now, go to http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/08/WCEPHighlights.html

Kindergarten Flips

Kindergarteners cut and sort photographs to create a Flipbook about Whooping Cranes. You can read an interesting story online about the endangered whooping cranes. Click here to read the story.










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Whooping Word Wall

Whooping Crane Word Wall
Watch the video below to learn about the first words posted on the Kindergarten Whooping Word Wall (WWW). We will be posting more words as we discover more about the whooping cranes. After the last lesson in the Discovery Lab, children suggested we add the words Florida, Wisconsin, Ultralight, People (who help), and Whooping Crane. Do you know why they suggested these words? Check out this true online storybook http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/jr/CraneComeback4.html




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From Wisconsin to Florida

Originally uploaded by BarrettDiscovery
The whooping cranes are taught to migrate from Wisconsin to Florida. People (wearing costumes) show the cranes the way by flying Ultralight aircraft. We are following the current migration and have discovered that the weather is affecting the migration. You can follow the daily migration at http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/crane/08/WCEPHighlights.html

Crane Scientists

Originally uploaded by BarrettDiscovery
The whooping crane handlers and scientists at Patuxent teach the chicks to eat using a puppet that looks like a whooping crane.

Friday, November 7, 2008