Waiting for the twenty-one day incubation period was so hard! While they waited, the children recorded information in their hatching journals and prepared the habitat for the new arrivals.
One student even made some “scenery” for the chick”s tub in case they wanted to feel like they were outside!
Finally, on day twenty-two, the first crack appeared on one of the eggs. There were shouts of surprise and delight! Every time the children were at special areas, at recess, or out of the classroom for any reason, when they returned the first thing they did was go to the incubators and check out the hatching process which lasted the better part of two days. They were like little “mother hens!”
After hatching, they had to stay in the incubator for at least 24 hours until they were dry, so there was a great deal of anticipation waiting for them to come out. Finally the first chick to hatch was ready to be moved to the tub. But then the students thought it might be lonely, so they drew and colored other baby chicks to put next to the tub so the chick might think it had friends!
The children were enthralled with observing and recording behaviors and attributes and we made a “chicks can/have/are chart.
After one week it was time to return all the hatching materials and let the middle school students who will be taking care of them come to take them to their new habitat. We had some very sad children, and some that were glad that we did not have to listen to all the peeping anymore! This year, the good new is that the chicks will grow up (hopefully!) on the campus and we can visit them anytime we want to! On our many visits to the mini coop in the greenhouse (until they are six weeks old) the children have observed how much they have changed in just three weeks.
When the class was quiet the newborn chicks would huddle together and take a nap- it is hard work to break out of that shell!
The children have been learning about animal classification and enjoyed doing a sorting project with examples of reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, mammals, bugs,
Learning about chickens and eggs lent itself to several interesting literary experiences. As an extension of Humpty Dumpty, the children had to engineer a way for an egg to fall off a wall that they made from blocks without breaking.
In Math the children have been measuring with non standard measurement. They first worked with a partner to measure a piece of string the length of their body, and then they had to use the string to figure out how many sticky notes long they were.
We soon figured out that it matters how close you put the sticky notes together!
We had a fun spirit week and especially Purim!
We are moving on to learning about other birds and have had two experts come to take us on bird walks in order to identify what kinds of birds we have on campus. We spotted seven different kinds of birds so far on our campus!
More to come about our campus project to help the birds!