Hatching Chicks In The Classroom

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Kindergartners at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Oyster Bay-East Norwich are engaging in an authentic lesson about the life cycle of a chick. Earlier this month, kindergarten teacher Lidia Siracusano made a trip to Makinajian Farms in Huntington to pick up 24 fertile chick eggs.

From left: Carly Plunkett, Aria Rella, Olivia Anastastio, Izabella Zukowski and Sam Lubrano. (Photo courtesy of Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central Schools)

Each day, students take out their chick-hatching folder and color in their calendar as they count down the days until they hatch. Once a week for three weeks, students observe the developing chick through a scope that allows them to see what is happening inside the egg. Kindergartners are provided with a chick journal where they draw, label and write about what they see.

Prior to bringing the fertile chick eggs into the classroom, students did an egg dissection of a non-fertile egg to observe its different parts and functions. This allowed students to gain a further understanding of how a chick grows and develops and the importance of each part of the egg, both inside and out.

This springtime lesson captivates the district’s young learners as they learn about life cycles and how chicks change and grow. Students are looking forward to watching the chicks hatch.

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