Over the past ten years, the third grade teachers have worked together with neighbor and wildlife biologist Cliff Feldheim to teach the ecology of the wetlands habitats in our Bridgeway Island neighborhood. During our six-week Open Court language arts “City Wildlife” unit, we have used our language arts and science curriculum, presentations by the California Waterfowl Association, and a one-mile walking field trip to a neighborhood wetland.
During the instructional unit, students learn about bird migration, animal adaptations, native plant species, and how to identify many of the species of birds that visit the Bridgeway Island area.
Students keep writing journals of their studies and observations. The instructional unit culminates with each student writing a research report on an animal that they may see while making observations in the neighborhood.