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The World of Birds!

April 21, 2021 | Becca Brasser

The first grade has embarked on a new thematic study: BIRDS!

Our urban habitat is coming alive with spring and with it more birds are making themselves heard and seen! We enjoy seeing the starlings, robins, pigeons, sparrows, and more as we spend time outdoors.

We spend time each day checking in on several live nest cameras around the world. We observe bald eagle chicks growing daily, songbirds visiting bird feeders, and even have checked in on several zoo habitats to see parrots and penguins. Some reading groups are also focusing on fiction and nonfiction texts about birds.

During the first week of the study, the students began to activate prior knowledge by painting, building, and creating birds from their own memories and experiences.


They also spent time brainstorming words they would need to know for their writing. Some students chatted with classmates learning at home as they added words to lists about habitats, types of birds, and bird bodies.



This week, children are selecting individual birds to study in class. In Art with Mr. Johnson, they are considering bird movements and how to draw them. In the Shared Space, they are using tracing paper to research the shape of bird bodies, feet, beaks, and feathers.



Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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