Riverside Primary Center created an exciting way to get
the students to read. Their teacher, Ann, shared a little about
the process with us.
Originally they contacted Max Greb from the Harmony Invitational
Club. They discussed the plan to incorporate pigeons into their
reading program. To kick off the project, Max joined “Pigeon
Man” for a student assembly and bird release.
Throughout the year-long reading competition project, students
received points for their work. Each participant was banded,
just like the pigeon leg bands. Each was given a pigeon with
their name on it. When they earned 25 points, their pigeon would
be put into Max’s loft. A replication of Max’s loft was in
the school hallway. The pigeon race in the hallway was a huge
attraction for all students. An additional special reward was
pigeon poop candy. You will find a copy of the recipe in their
Students worked on research projects and also created the
PowerPoint presentation Pigeon Heroes of WWI & WWII.
Because of the success Ann experience with students, another
school district is planning to do the project next year. During
the project, Ann shared, “. . . one fourth grade class has
pulled ahead in the pigeon race! That means they have more
points than any other class in the school! Having fourth grade
actually taking part in this program like they are is wonderful,
but having them be ahead of all other grades is phenomenal!”
The pigeon project had such a great impact on students’
reading improvement that Ann was asked to speak about the
project to her School Board.
Take a look at their PowerPoints for information about the
project and about pigeon service in World Wars I and II.
Reading Wtih The Pigeons (79 megs)
Pigeon War Heroes (14 megs)
The above two Power Point presentations will require the PowerPoint program or if you do not have this installed you can download the player here.