January 4, 2013

Winter Science

As a winter science investigation we are studying the habits of birds around our house.  We made pinecone bird feeders** and hung them from a variety of places in our yard.  We are checking the feeders daily to see which ones are being consumed most quickly.  This is a simple experiment that allows for lots of discussion of hypothesis, gathering data, and making conclusions.  Throughout we will also discuss things like environmental impact as we see how our movements around the outside of our house impact the feeders.

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List of Feeders
1.  House
2.  Swing Tree
3.  Tall bush
4.  Dinosaur Island
5.  Jungle Gym
6.  Corner
7.  Driveway

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**To make a pinecone bird feeder, wrap a pipe cleaner around the top of a pinecone to make a hanger. Coat the pinecone in shortening or peanut butter (but NOT peanut butter with sugar in it- it's bad for the birds) and roll in birdseed.  We made our bird feeders during our afternoon preschool time as everyone, even the two year old, was able to help.

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