Mrs. Young and Mrs. Williams’ first graders began their Life Cycle unit by putting 24 chicken eggs–12 Cream Legbars and 12 Black Copper Marans–into the incubator in their classroom.
During each of the 21 days it took for them to mature, the class learned about the daily physiological changes going on inside each shell. Mrs. Young and Mrs. Williams used a set of 21 plastic eggs that open to show an illustration of each days’ development to help the students understand the growth occurring. After three weeks, the class was excited to see 13 healthy chicks emerge from their shells. Now hatched, students have the opportunity to watch their rapid growth while they are still living in their classroom.
Soon the chicks will be transported to their new home at Swain Farm, and later this month the first graders visit the farm for the day. They will be reunited with their chicks, go on a hayride, drive a tractor, and enjoy a picnic lunch. Mrs. Young has been teaching first graders about the Life Cycle by hatching chicks for many years and has always had great feedback from her classes. “This unit is one of our favorites. We do a lot of learning and have a lot of fun. The memories our students make during this unit last a lifetime!”