Help me give my students an opportunity to conduct research, write, measure, discuss, and raise baby chicks! They will learn the science of an incubator and to care for chicks by feeding and watering and keeping them warm.
Remember naps in kindergarten? What about DOS in high school? Remember being picked last to be on the team? Well, this isn't school the way it used to be!
It is my desire to inspire students to think, create and innovate.
Many of my students are a true reflection of the roots of our suburban learning community that started over a hundred years ago as rancheras and orchard farms that dotted the flat landscape and attracted hard-working, honest, prideful workers. Today's families are a mix of the valley's descendants, newcomers and those wishing for a slower life close enough to the mountains and nearby beaches without the inflated prices.
Our goal as a Title I school is to help students reach achievement standards. We have a high percentage of low-income students in a "targeted assistance program" in which our school identifies students who are failing, or who are "most at risk of failing," to meet the state's challenging academic achievement standards. This is done in conjunction with parents, staff, and district staff and hands-on learning.
We are so lucky to be learning in the classroom each day. However, Covid-19 protocols do not allow for children to explore, move, and collaborate the way that tiny minds and bodies demand. Raising our own chicks will give my kinders a chance to use their minds, hands, and hearts to explore, move, and collaborate in a safe way. My goal is for each child to handle a chick each day in a safe and sanitized manner. During the incubation period, students will take turns caring for the embryos in a socially distanced and safe manner.
Tiny scientists will conduct research, write, measure, discuss, and raise baby chicks!
They will learn the science of an incubator and to care for chicks by feeding and watering them each day and keeping their feathered friends warm. We will explore science (incubator/lifecycle of a chicken), math (measure the growth of the growing embryos/chicks), ELA (writing), and empathy and responsibility. Students will care for their new feathered friends. Maybe students will even be able to take one home for good! A local farm is willing to take unclaimed chicks when they are old enough.
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