My kindergarten students are hands-on learners who thrive when the content is relevant and interesting to them. Each year we do a unit on life cycles where we learn about the life cycles of many different living things, such as plants, frogs, turtles, and chickens.
My students light up when I tell them we are going to incubate our own chicken eggs!
The anticipation and excitement of seeing an egg turn into a baby chick is just magical! They remember this unit for years to come.
Each Spring my students learn about life cycles. We study the life cycles of plants, frogs, turtles, insects and finally chickens. We study how they are alike and different, the different types of animals (mammals, amphibians, reptiles, etc.), and the length of each life cycle. My students learn to label diagrams and research topics using various forms of media (books, internet, videos, etc.). They learn the difference between oviparous and viviparous animals. The culmination of this unit of study is when we hatch our own chicken eggs!
Seeing the chicken life cycle in real-life is one of the most memorable experiences.
Monitoring the eggs for 21 days, while learning about what the chickens might look like inside after each day is thrilling for my Kindergartners. But, when they start to pip and hatch, the excitement amps up to a whole new level! Our baby chicks become part of our classroom community and the kids gravitate toward them each morning when they arrive.
Hatching chicks is something my students remember for years to come and it's the first thing they talk to me about when they come back to visit!
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