If 2005-2006 was the Year of the Duck Blog at Marin Country Day School, we’re calling 2006-2007 the Year of the Trout Blog. Come visit our latest blogging efforts at http://www.mcdsblogs.org/trout.
It appears that we’ve been awarded the special Edublog Star Award (Convenors choice) as part of the Annual 2006 Edublog Awards! To check out all of the winners and nominees, go to http://www.incsub.org/awards/
In our Holly Room Kindergarten class, students study a letter of the alphabet each week. The teacher takes a popular song and rewrites the lyrics to reflect the letter of the week, embedding the letter frequently in the song. This week, our song is, “Sweet Duckling, Bathsheba”, in honor of our just hatched duckling. The tune is “Sweet Home Alabama”. You’ll be able to hear the song if you click here, and you will find the lyrics below. Enjoy.
Sweet Duckling, Bathsheba
Dinky flippers keep on paddlin’,
Tiny bill keep on guzzlin’
Skinny legs keep sachetin’,
Shiny eyes keep on blinkin’. (I’ll say it again.)
Sweet duckling, Bathsheba.
She’s my darlin’ sugar pea. (Yeah!)
Sweet duckling, Bathsheba.
She’s comin’ home to me. (Again & again.)
It is with great sadness that we need to report the end of our dear little egg in the playground nest. It appears that a blue jay got to the egg some time last week. The egg had a hole in it early Wednesday morning, and by afternoon a blue jay was seen carrying off the remainders of the shell. We will miss our little egg!
For the next few entries we will turn our attention to the chicken and duck eggs and chicks that are being hatched in our 3 kindergarten classrooms.
Another 1st grade class decided to get in on our duck blog yesterday. What you will find below is the advice our 1st graders have for Daisy Mallard when she builds her next nest.
Here are some pictures from another Kindergarten class. They have an incubator in their classroom. Unfortunately one of their recently hatched chicks, Speedy, isn’t looking so healthy. Enjoy their work!
We showed our duck blog to the 2nd graders this afternoon and asked them to write a fictional or nonfictional story about where the missing duck might be. Click on the duck below to read (unedited!) responses:
Our 3 Kindergarten rooms are very excited about the duck nest because they are practically experts on the subject! I asked one of the K teachers to tell us about their duck involvement and she writes:
For almost 20 years it has been a tradition in the K’s to hatch chick and/or duckling eggs. Now each K room has an incubator. Currently we all have 8 chick eggs and 4 duck eggs. We are hoping for a hatch day for chicks on April 25th, and for ducklings a week later!
Last year we had no luck in any of the rooms.
The year before, we ended up with 4 chicks and 3 mallard ducks. The mallards were abandoned by the mother on a parent’s houseboat and adopted by one of the classrooms. When they were about a month old, all were taken to a beautiful ranch nearby. The chicks joined a big flock of chickens on the ranch. The ducks migrated with other wild ducks!
Today one of our Kindergarten classes visited the Computer Lab and created the duck-oriented drawings you see below. Enjoy!
Here’s the latest update from our Facilities Director:
The custodian checked the nest for Daisy last night while he was here, and didn’t see her at the nest or in the area. This morning, I took a couple pictures of the egg and discovered a new fresh nest 15′ away. It’s located at the edge of the playground box along the sidewalk closest to carpool. Here are the latest photos:
Much to everyone’s concern and disappointment, Daisy Mallard seems to be missing from her nest. But is her egg still in there? Oh no! Here are the flurry of emails that went back and forth today:
(MS Head writes): I am on the phone with Wildcare trying to find out what are responsible next steps for our duck egg. I’ll let you know what I find out.
(Facilities Director writes): The Kindergarten said they can put the egg in their incubator if she doesn’t come back. I’ll have the Custodians check to see if she comes in the evening tonight. I looked in the nest this morning, and it looked as if the egg was lower in the nest. The nest itself appeared to be a little deeper as well. I’ll have a custodian check tonight.
(MS Head writes): Thanks — It is great that so many eyes are watching out for this nest. Wildcare said that if the egg is solo for the rest of the week then it is probably not an active nest. As we know Mallards don’t sit on the eggs until all are there. Legally we cannot destroy an active nest, but if by the end of the week there is only one egg, then perhaps we should move it to the K incubators and see what happens.
(Facilities Director writes): That’s great information. If we see another egg, then operation Daisy Mallard is a go
So that’s the official update for today — we will continue to follow the Daisy saga, and will switch our attention and focus to her lonely egg if need be.
Our science curriculum is based on the inquiry approach to teaching science. This approach encourages children to learn by asking questions and observing, forming questions, designing experiments and researching. This approach excersises and strengthens critical thinking skills, gives the children practice with making observations without jumping to conclusions, and also allows children to be active participants in the process of discovery which gives them ownership over their learning. Throughout the year we explored the adaptations, life cycles and predator prey relationship of both snails and birds.
The 1st Graders used Kid Pix to formulate “I Wonder” questions about our newest campus visitor, Daisy Mallard. Click on the thumbnails below to view their questions:
We’d like to introduce you to Mrs. Daisy Mallard. She has chosen the playground at our K-8 school for her nest. (She and her mate were here last year too — the nest was behind the 5th grade building.) Click on any of the photos below to see Daisy in her nest. Be sure to check out the links on our sidebar for more general information about ducks.