If you are looking for a way to incorporate a little hands on science into your classroom, you might want to consider hatching chicks in your room!
For the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to have very willing principals and school board administrators who encourage hands on science. I created this unit to go along with my chick life cycle experiment each spring. I've tweaked it a bit in the classroom before I posted it here!!
I am fortunate to have a farmer husband who does help me with a lot of the supplies and knowledge but that doesn't mean that YOUR classroom cannot have the same experience. I would advise clearing the idea with your principal first before going and purchasing any materials. Most materials we bought through a local feed store but many can be bought online. You may even be able to get a grant to help cover some of the cost! This unit does NOT give instructions on the actual hatching process. This resource is for teaching students the anatomy and vocabulary behind the process and what is happening each day.
Included in this resource:
* 3 different journal pages (you can differentiate to your students
ability or your grade level!)
* 2 color anchor charts (embryo and hen) they are labeled for you!
* 2 assessments for each diagram (with and without a word bank)
* 2 chick life cycle diagram (in color and labeled, in b/w without
labels so you can use as an assessment for your students)
* 2 countdown calendars (color and b/w)
* 2 daily growth cards (color and b/w) that detail what is happening
inside the egg each day--I use this information to create a large
chart for the class to help keep track.
* 18 color pocket chart vocabulary cards
* 18 color vocabulary word cards (definitions included!)
* 1 unit assessment (answer key included!)
* 1 word search (answer key included!)
* 1 decodable book with color photos (all about chicken facts!)
PLEASE NOTE, this resource does not include any supplies to complete the experiment like eggs, incubator, feed, etc. Buyer is responsible for purchasing these materials. This unit COULD be used and not complete the 21 day experiment. If you are conducting the experiment, remember to watch your temperature and humidity closely!
I wish you the best of luck with this experiment. It is something my class talks about all year and is one of their FAVORITE activities in 2nd grade! Some of the vocabulary may be a little advanced for K-1 but CAN be adapted to your classroom. Please look at the preview before purchasing for your classroom.
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