We are just wrapping up our Sharing the Planet I.B. unit that focused on life cycles. The students were incredible inquirers and dug deep into the content. We explored the life cycles of mammals, reptiles, insects, and birds. One of my favorite parts was hatching chicks in class.
Here are some photos:
Our class incubator
I placed it in the writing station and the students would record observation & predictions, but many of them also wrote creative stories about the eggs and the chicks to be.
This is a picture from our hatching day. Our first chick had begun breaking through when we arrived in the morning. It spent the day breaking free and the nuggets got to see the whole process. It was awesome! It did however make us late for lunch because it made its final escape right before they were to be excused! Oh well, it was worth it!
Meet Eggdrop! This was our first hatchling.
The chicks stayed in our class for almost two weeks. The students love it and it was not as much of a distraction as I thought it would be. They even read to them during read to someone else!
I will post some activity pages later today. Right now I am off to get ready for a luncheon.