Kids become Published Scientists!
16 years of BirdSleuth Investigator
Is that expensive birdseed really worth the extra cost? According to a study conducted by 7th graders Joshua and Brayden from Wilson, NY, pricey birdseed might be worth the extra money. These students put out two identical bird feeders, one with an expensive birdseed and the other with a cheap birdseed, and recorded how much seed birds ate from each of the feeders. When they analyzed the data they collected, they discovered that our feathered friends have expensive taste! The birds ate more than twice as much of the expensive birdseed than the cheap birdseed.
In recognition of their hard work, Joshua and Brayden’s report was published in the 2012 issue of BirdSleuth Investigator, our student publication. When the publication first began in 1998, it was called Classroom BirdScope and had a newspaper-style design. We’ve recently modernized BirdSleuth Investigator and made it available as a free download on our website as well as printing it as a high quality, glossy, magazine-style resource. Printed copies are just $1 each when you purchase 10 or more so that you can get a copy for each student in your class to take home. Whether you explore them online, print them yourself, or order copies from us, it is easy to use the magazine to inspire your students!
Much has changed for our student publication over these past 16 years, but it’s mission remains the same: to motivate and inspire students to investigate and explore the natural world around them. Students of any age can submit their own bird-related work to BirdSleuth Investigator. Seeing their work in print is extremely rewarding and exciting for students, and helps them to realize that their work is truly important.
Educators know that the best way for students to learn science is by doing science. The Next Generation Science Standards specifically identify “planning and carrying out investigations” as an essential part of learning about science. Here at BirdSleuth, we believe that this really is the most effective way to for students to learn science, which is why our Investigating Evidence curriculum is focused on inquiry based learning and teaching students how to conduct their own scientific investigations.
Experimental studies are just one of the many forms that BirdSleuth Investigator submissions can take. Camilla, a 5th grader submitted a fun science writing piece about aggressive birds. To add even more interest and depth to her work, she included tables and drawings to accompany her writing. A middle school student named Quaran got his poem about an encounter between a cat and Blue Jays published in the fall 2011 issue. What will your students contribute? We’ve published drawings, photos of bird models, crossword puzzles, and more. We look forward to seeing what your students have to share!