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Mr. Pirl
Grades 3-5
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Fertile Eggs Needed

My students need fertile chicken eggs for our unit on Early Chick Embryology. We have a donated incubator, but no eggs!

My Students

This Early Chick Embryology Study Kit will be used for our previous grant of an incubator and brooder. We will study Embryology, and then the sociology of "pecking order," nutrition, and poultry science.

These are special needs students.

Many of these boys come from broken homes, are wards of the courts or in group homes. The are diagnosed as "emotionally disturbed" but are often very intelligent. They do not respond well to the traditional school model of desks in a row and lectures, however, they are excited about science. I have done this lab in various forms with this type of population before as a special educator and have found amazing results. The "toughest," angry, posturing bully or gang member softens when he cares for his fragile baby chick.

My Project

These eggs will hopefully arrive at separate months, because I have found the study of embryology, can lead to some dead or broken eggs. A second dozen, more than the 21 day gestation later, will insure all students get a chance at a live bird and its care. The students learn responsibility and the scientific method as they care for their birds' food, water and clean its cage. We will weigh the birds daily on a digital gram scale and they will keep that data, graphing their birds' growth in the form of ADG (Average Daily Gain). They will also learn about feed efficiency when they weigh the feed fed and divide it by the number of birds in the brooder. They will see the growth in the shell for 3 weeks of embryology, followed by 3-4 weeks of brooder care, writing up a final Science Fair style report with their observations and essay on their birds "imprinting" to them.

I have done this lab in various forms with this type of population before as a special educator and have found amazing results.

The "toughest," angry, posturing bully or gang member softens when he cares for his fragile baby chick. Likewise, the shy, withdrawn student gives us clues to his behavior when he/or she is caring for a bird. The sociology of "pecking order" makes for many teachable moments, comparisons to the playground, the home, the nation, and local community.

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Early Chick Embryology Study Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $66.82 2 $133.64

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