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Bird Song Project

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Eastern Bluebird, the State Bird of Missouri

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Mr. McDade's 4th graders spent the last part of the 09-10 school year studying songbirds & their songs, & creating their own "songbird" melodies on their recorders. We listened to bird songs on different websites (see Lotsa Links page), working first on transcribing the bird songs, using line drawings to indicate melodic direction, note duration & melodic patterns (both on paper & on the Smart Board). We also used the audio software program Audacity to record bird songs from the web. In some cases, we needed to slow down the recordings to be able to transcribe them, so we also used Audacity to do that. The 4th graders then used all this audio & visual information about their bird songs as inspiration to compose their own melodies on the recorder. The 4th graders also learned other facts about their birds, incl. habitat, food sources, etc., & created Power Points which, because of technical issues, aren't available online yet, but hopefully will be soon!


Some of the songs that our 4th graders created sound very much like the song of the bird they chose, others are more "inspired" by their bird. Recordings of the actual bird songs are included for comparison. Listen & enjoy!


Bird song sound recordings are linked from All About Birds , birdJam& Nature Songs

Mrs. Ekstrom's Class


Aaron & Andy - Blue Jay
Recording of Blue Jay
Aaron & Andy's Blue Jay Song.mp3

Amber & Chandler - Mourning Dove
Recording of Mourning Dove
Amber & Chandler's Mourning Dove Song.mp3

Austin & Jackson - Scarlet Tanager
Recording of Scarlet Tanager
Austin & Jackson's Scarlet Tanager Song.mp3

Ben & Neal - Eastern Kingbird
Recording of Eastern Kingbird
Ben & Neal's Eastern Kingbird Song.mp3

Brooke & Olivia - Black-Capped Chickadee
Recording of Black-Capped Chickadee
Brooke & Olivia's Black-Capped Chickadee Song.mp3
Mr. McDade improvised an accompaniment for Brooke & Olivia's song:
Brooke & Olivia's Black-Capped Chickadee Song w accmp.mp3

Chris, Eli & Sal - Northern Cardinal
Recording of Northern Cardinal
Chris, Eli & Sal's Cardinal Song.mp3

Eric & Nick - American Robin
Recording of American Robin
Eric & Nick's Robin Song.mp3 performed by Eric

Kirsten & Sophia - Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Recording of Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Kristen & Sophia also recorded a background for their song, using the "Amazon Rain Forest" sound on our school's keyboard. Listen for it in the background of their song!
Kirsten & Sophia's Yellow-Rumped Warbler Song.mp3

Lexi, Livie & Megan - Indigo Bunting
Recording of Indigo Bunting
Lexi, Livie & Megan's Indigo Bunting Song.mp3


Mrs. Malloy's Class

Allison & Abby - Indigo Bunting
Recording of Indigo Bunting
Abby & Allison's Indigo Bunting Song.mp3

Alex, Anthony & James - Mourning Dove
Recording of Mourning Dove
Alex, Anthony & James' Mourning Dove Song.mp3 performed by James

Alex & Maddison - Marsh Wren
Recording of Marsh Wren
Alexis & Maddison's Marsh Wren Song.mp3

Brianna & Kaylen - American Goldfinch
Recording of American Goldfinch
Brianna & Kaylen's Goldfinch Song.mp3 performed by Kaylen

Caleb & Caleb - Eastern Towhee
Recording of Eastern Towhee
Caleb & Caleb's Eastern Towhee Song.mp3

Dijai & Emily - Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Recording of Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
Dijai & Emily's Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Song.mp3

Jared & Max - White-Thoated Sparrow
Recording of White-Throated Sparrow
Jared & Max's White-Throated Sparrow Song.mp3

Josie & Lexy - Brown-Headed Cowbird
Recording of Brown-Headed Cowbird
Josie & Lexy's Brown-Headed Cowbird Song.mp3

Laurie & Nohelle - Black-Capped Chickadee
Recording of Black-Capped Chickadee
Laurie & Nohelle's Black-Capped Chickadee Song.mp3 performed by Laurie


Miss Smith's Class


Alessa & Madelyn - Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Recording of Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Alessa & Madelyn's Yellow Warbler Song.mp3

Blake & Kyle - Black-Capped Chickadee
Recording of Black-Capped Chickadee
Blake & Kyle's Black Capped Chickadee Song.mp3

Ian & Matt - American Bittern
Recording of American Bittern
Ian & Matt's American Bittern Song.mp3

Jake & Nick - Black-Capped Chickadee
Recording of Black-Capped Chickadee
Jake & Nick's Black-Capped Chickadee Song.mp3

Jinal & Kylie - Black-Capped Chickadee
Recording of Black-Capped Chickadee
Jinal & Kylie's Black-Capped Chickadee Song.mp3

Madison & Mariah - Mourning Dove
Recording of Mourning Dove
Madison & Mariah's Mourning Dove Song.mp3

Madison, Natalie & Sara - Eastern Towhee
Recording of Eastern Towhee
Madison, Natalie & Sara's Eastern Towhee Song.mp3

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