A Study on the Life Cycle of Chickens

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As kindergarten students in Fran Bauer’s and Christine Wuchte’s classes participated in their lessons at Reinhard, the soft sound of peeps resonated from an incubator holding bright yellow chicks.

For two weeks, the students have studied the life cycle of chickens and other oviparous animals. For their study, farmers from Quiver Farm in Pennsylvania delivered 12 fertilized eggs, an incubator and supplies and an egg carton filled with plastic eggs depicting the different stages of incubation.

During the interdisciplinary science unit, students read and sang about chickens and used mathematics to calculate their approximate hatching dates. Upon arriving at school after the weekend, the kindergartners were excited to see that several of their chicks had hatched. After the completion of the unit, the chickens returned to the farm.