This is a unit with everything you will need to know to start hatching eggs in your classroom. Be sure you have made arrangments for the chicks when you are finished! Even if you are just learning about the chicken life cycle, this is a good unit without hatching eggs. The description below is a peek at what you will get with this unit. You can also download the preview for a visual description.
Egg Hatching Guide:
When I first started hatching eggs, I had no idea what to expect. I spent hours researching the internet. I found the most valuable resource was from a farmer who had already done it and from my own experiences. Most of the places you get the eggs from will take the chicks back for you. So, you will find detailed instructions on how to get started, what materials to use, and some fun activities to go along with it. Be prepared for the hatching to last 6-7 weeks total. 3 weeks are for the eggs to develop and hatch. 3-4 weeks are for the chicks to develop their feathers.
I made an informational reader for the students to use for the chick activities and worksheets. I also included a book list of some good books for showing actual pictures of chicks developing in the egg and more detailed information about the chicken lifestyle.
We compared chickens and ducks and put it together on a Venn Diagram. We also made glyphs to go with it. The glyphs have 2 versions. One is designed for first and second graders, and the other is designed for Kindergarten.
I have included some writing activities for the egg hatching and the chicken life cycle. All of them can be done whole group or in writing centers. The sequencing includes a kinder version as well as first and second grade.
The literacy center activities include CVC and CVCe word and picture matching. There are also matching activities with worksheets for vowel patterns /ea/ and /ee/. There is a digraph sort with ch. tch, th, sh. There are game boards that include 2 sheets per game. They are to be glued on to a manilla file folder to make one large game board. The phonics skills for the game boards include oo, oa, ow, ie, igh, ar, or, ay, ai, ou, aw, au oi, and oy
The math center games include an addition math fact bingo game, making 2 digit numbers with 10 frames, missing number match with addition and subtraction, I have, who has with time to the hour and half hour, and a bingo game with quarterly time.