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  • Torres Elementary School
  • Victoria, TX
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Young children learn and comprehend material best when they can see events and have hands on learning. An egg is something that each of my kids see in their home, but can they imagine what it could have been if it was in nature? Is it possible for a chick to hatch from a store bought egg? Why not? How can you hatch an egg without its mother hen? These are questions I want my students to generate and question about their environment. The requested incubator and accessories will allow the students to see and experience firsthand the process of eggs hatching. We will discuss safety, temperature, and humidity in the incubator. We will have a lab on cracking table eggs to see the parts of an egg and their importance. On Week 2 we will candle the eggs and see the growth that is beginning. This experience is like a sonogram. We will observe the heart beat and physical characteristics that are forming. It is an amazing moment. My students will keep a journal to write about what is happening throughout this three week experience. They can use the requested books that include Chickens: Children Book of Fun Facts & Amazing Photos on Animals in Nature - A Wonderful Chickens Book for Kids, Chickens, Chicks & Chickens, and Where Do Chicks Come From? During the final week, we will discuss ways to provide care for our chicks in our classroom and the care that will be given to them when we send them to their home that I have prearranged for their “forever” home. My students will learn teamwork, patience, empathy, and responsibility. They will have hands-on experience on what an animal needs to sustain life and be the proud parents as they show them off to guests from other classes on campus. They then can become the expert and answer questions from other students.

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Young children learn and comprehend material best when they can see events and have hands on learning. An egg is something that each of my kids see in their home, but can they imagine what it could have been if it was in nature? Is it possible for a chick to hatch from a store bought egg? Why not? How can you hatch an egg without its mother hen? These are questions I want my students to generate and question about their environment. The requested incubator and accessories will allow the students to see and experience firsthand the process of eggs hatching. We will discuss safety, temperature, and humidity in the incubator. We will have a lab on cracking table eggs to see the parts of an egg and their importance. On Week 2 we will candle the eggs and see the growth that is beginning. This experience is like a sonogram. We will observe the heart beat and physical characteristics that are forming. It is an amazing moment. My students will keep a journal to write about what is happening throughout this three week experience. They can use the requested books that include Chickens: Children Book of Fun Facts & Amazing Photos on Animals in Nature - A Wonderful Chickens Book for Kids, Chickens, Chicks & Chickens, and Where Do Chicks Come From? During the final week, we will discuss ways to provide care for our chicks in our classroom and the care that will be given to them when we send them to their home that I have prearranged for their “forever” home. My students will learn teamwork, patience, empathy, and responsibility. They will have hands-on experience on what an animal needs to sustain life and be the proud parents as they show them off to guests from other classes on campus. They then can become the expert and answer questions from other students.

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