Monday, April 30, 2012

Chicks, Man!

Every Spring, one of my coworkers always hatches chickens so that students can study the life cycle of a chick to tie in with our science curriculum on animals.  It never occurred to me that I can have my own incubator and hatch eggs for my students.  This year, my friend was able to get an incubator for me from another teacher who wasn't going to use it so I just had to pay for the fertilized eggs and we're hatching eggs!!  We just put them in the incubator on April 26th so they are set to make their debut  on Open House which is May 17th.  EEEK!!!!  The kids were SOOOO excited about it and as soon as I told them what we were going to do, they squealed with delight and had to tell their parents!!  Some parents thought we already had chicks in our classroom.
The empty incubator
 The incubator with 21 brown eggs and 21 white eggs
I searched on TpT to see if there were any good activities on chickens and I came upon this great set from Christie from First Grade Fever.  All of her activities are so appropriate for my first graders and I love the can, have, are thinking map, the story she wrote, and all of the reproducibles.  
 One of the best things is the Egg Journal which we will be using to keep track of our egg observation.  We wrote and drew how many eggs we put in the incubator.
 How cute is that?!
 My favorite one-- she even drew the thermometer!
Then we made predictions about how many of the eggs would hatch.  I told the kids that not all the eggs would hatch but some kids still thought that most of the eggs would hatch.
 A little more realistic...

 This little girl has a lot of faith!
 We also did this sort of oviparous and viviparous animals which I found from Kindergarten Hoppenings.  Then the kids did their own sort.  They did such a great job!  So many exciting things going on in Room 46!!!

Something to make you laugh... I wonder where he lives... ;)
I hope everyone is having a great week!


  1. Just found your blog! It seems you just started? I'm impressed! I'm trying to start a blog but not very successfully. Thanks for all the great ideas!

    Teaching First Grade in Switzerland

    1. Hi Haley,

      Yes, I just started blogging about teaching but it is so hard to keep up with it! Too much to do with school/work. I am so impressed by teacher bloggers who blog faithfully. Thanks for stopping by!