Bird Identification

This website is a fantastic resource for learning about Missouri birds. It even gives you identification tips for some species. We will leave at 9:30 Thursday morning for our field trip. Be sure to bring binoculars if you have some.

Bird Study

Please sign up here if you would like to participate. We will be meeting for a class at school Monday morning, May 7th and then going on a field trip Thursday morning, May 10th. We will learn some basic bird anatomy, characteristics, behavior, and identification tips and have the opportunity to go birdwatching with an Audubon birding expert at Valley Water Mill Park.

Cave Projects

Here are some options for cave-related projects you might find interesting after our visit to Smallin Cave on Monday. You may choose to do any number of these projects (including zero) or design a project of your own.

  1. Cave model – using clay or other materials, design a model of a cave that includes labeled cave features such as stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstone, popcorn, etc.
  2. Mapping caves – create a map of the state of Missouri that shows the location and number of caves around the state.
  3. Cave current event – choose a news article such as this one that features new cave discoveries. Read it, and write a response. Or read it with a partner or small group and discuss the article.
  4. Field trip – visit another cave in the area, and create a photo essay about the cave. Display at art walk.
  5. Lab – Go to this website to learn about cave formations and complete the lab that is outlined on the website. Share the process and results via a presentation or report.
  6. Around the world – choose a cave from anywhere around the world that you would like to visit, and research the location and unique features of the cave.
  7. Wildlife – choose one or more cave animals to research, and share your findings. You could focus on species in Missouri, endangered species, adaptations for cave life, etc.