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Students in Ms. Bee’s fourth grade class have been raising eggs in an incubator for 21 days as part of their life science study. Students and teachers donated fertilized eggs for the project. The students had to check humidity levels each day, and every week the class placed the eggs under a light to observe each stage of growth. As the eggs grew older the shell would get darker, but the students could still observe movement. The project really came alive for the students when they started to hear chirping from inside the eggs two days before the chicks hatched.
Mrs Bee said, “The students were in awe the first time they heard chirping; it made it real for them.”
Students also learned how the chicks use the egg tooth to crack open the shell from inside. Once the chicks hatched they were placed under a heat lamp with bedding, chick food and water. The chicks had a lot of visitors as classes from kindergarten up to sixth grade came by to observe and hold the chicks. All the chicks have found homes, including some students who were able to take the chicks home and continue to watch them grow. Thank you to Ms. Bee for coordinating this wonderful project for your students.