For those of you brave enough to hatch chickens have your students keep a life cycle journal of a chicken! I used this with my 4th and 5th grade students with Autism and it was a real hit! I purchased a dozen chicken eggs and each day we observed the eggs (candled when appropriate – discarded eggs without embryo, etc) and drew what we saw and wrote about what we saw and also wrote some predictions about what we thought would happen. To complete the part of drawing what you cannot see, I pulled off a chart from the internet that showed what it looked like on the inside of the egg day by day (you can find this by doing a google search for chicken life cycle). The journal has a cover and a place for the student to write their name as well as a cute chicken picture. The first page of the journal is where students write information about the chicken life cycle and a place to draw the life cycle as well. Each journal page has two entries. You will need to copy the page as many times as needed to complete the whole life cycle. My students really enjoyed doing this - great hands on science! Enjoy! I also have a butterfly life cycle journal as well!