Our students believe chickens come from the grocery store! Help my special education team teach our students about the life cycle of the chicken and how to care for animals.
There are five classrooms nestled in the back of our inner-city school, dedicated to the education of students with special needs.
I teach the 4th through 6th graders in this pod. 99% of these students receive free breakfast and lunch due to their socioeconomic status. They make a lot happen with the little they have. They rarely complain of their shortcomings, but they get super excited over the simplest of things. Small materialistic objects are gold here (footballs, books, etc). Ideas and knowledge are even more valuable to them. These students not only face adversity, they face a stigma for being in special education. Nonetheless, they shine as bright as a star and let nothing knock them down. And most important, they love to learn!
Our classes were inspired to hatch chickens when one of our classmates asked, "Which grocery store do you buy the baby chickens at?" and my response as the teacher was, "Huh? You don't. They hatch." Befuddled faces and chirping crickets prompted a long discussion about life cycles, chick hatching, and chicken life. I was going to rent the incubator, but I want this to be a yearly event. The other supplemental materials will aid in the students experience. I have done this once before and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Students not only learned about life cycles, but gained life skills. A chick depended upon them for everything, and the students rose to the challenge. Our goal is to attempt 48 eggs (with a 30-50% hatch rate), and donate the hatched chicks to a farmer in the region who has agreed to take them when they are 4 weeks old. One student questioned, "That's like economic stimulus, right?"
Our goal is to inspire each student to extraordinary achievement everyday.
If that means going outside the box to provide experiences they would less have, then so be it. It is amazing to see the care, the responsibility, and learning that takes place when somethings life depends on you. The chicks will depend on my students (and my supervision), and they will rise up for the challenge. This is not just a life cycles unit, it is a life skills unit too.Read More
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