The project-based learning activity has students using math, biology and social studies to improve the Eastern Bluebird’s habitat at Munford schools.
Students have been busy in their classrooms constructing bluebird houses from pre-packaged kits purchased by the U.S. Forest Service and made by the students at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.
The Future Farmers of America chapter at MHS donated the wood for the posts.
During math class, students plotted points on the school’s campus map to figure out where the houses should be located.
During social studies class students researched the bluebird’s habitat needs and the characteristics of local species.
In biology class, students are currently monitoring the nesting boxes and have already recorded multiple nesting sites.
Once students stepped into their outside classroom, they met with professionals from the Talladega National Forest and surrounding community who specialize in habitat preservation for an array of bird species in the area.
Art Henderson, Dwight Cheeks, Johnny Ponder, Ryan Shurette and Chantz Birch spent their mornings answering questions and teaching students about conservation projects going on in the Talladega National Forest.
“This project-based learning assignment has given the students an opportunity to take the course of study and apply it to a project that will not only benefit the students at Munford schools, but the entire Munford community,” said Project Leader Kimberly Murray, who teaches science at Munford schools.
Students will have the final results of their Eastern Bluebird habitat on display through a trail that will be open for tours at Munford’s Get Outdoors Day event on May 12.
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