In School Mountain SOL – Late Winter/Early Spring!

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Hello Mt SOL families!

During late winter and early spring we finished up our unit on songbirds and spring plants! We talked about and listened for and mimicked the calls of: woodpeckers (downy, hairy, red-bellied), Carolina wrens, crows ravens and blue jays (yay corvids!), birds with distinct calls like killdeer, and soaring birds like turkey vultures and hawks! We learned that some birds stay all winter, some go slightly south, and some travel all the way to South America, and that we can listen and look for birds arriving back to West Virginia and celebrate their arrival with spring.

We also looked for early spring plants such as hairy bittercress weed (Cardamine hirsuta), Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), Purple Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum), and Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). We imagined how we would be SO happy to see these plants if we were living in the woods all winter, or if we were animals all winter!

We have started our unit on ants and are delivering an ant farm to many of our classes! We are also helping to plant the spring garden for the Little Acorns (and for all of us) to enjoy.

As always, thank you for the time with your children! We hope to see you this Sunday at our annual scholarship fundraiser organized and hosted by the Morgantown Mountain Goats Disc Golf club!


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