On Tuesday, a pair of ducks decided to make a nest underneath the playscape at my children's school. While they might not be the smartest of all ducks in selecting an elementary school playground as their home (a bit noisy perhaps), they definitely sparked some excitement in the school yard.
The staff of the school quickly fenced off the area around the nest to ensure that the kids did not bother the ducks. They left a 'door' opening so that the ducks could enter and leave at their own accord.
My daughter's class took it upon themselves to research Mallard Ducks and placed the information in Ziploc bags. They attached the bags to the fence surrounding the duck's nest so that their information could be shared.
It is amazing how science can become so much more exciting when the kids are actually living it and not just reading it in a textbook. Every kid I met in the playground has been able to tell me something about the ducks.
The entire school is keeping close watch. Hopefully at the end of May there will be some new ducklings swimming in the swamp we call a field. I'll keep you posted.