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Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

1st grade students proudly show their chicks.

1st grade students in Mrs. Dobbins' class decided to observe the start of Spring by hatching chicks in the classroom.  When the eggs first arrived, each egg was given a number.  Each student was assigned a numbered egg.  Students then named and watched over their own egg. 

Over the last month the students have been studying eggs, the incubation process, and the development of the chicks.  They have candled the eggs to check for fertility.  Students kept a calendar and recorded daily entries of their eggs progress.  "It takes 21 days for chicks to hatch" said Grace.

Students watched in amazement as their chicks pecked their way out of the eggs.  They observed the wet chicks change into cute balls of fluff.  "They were fluffy," said Jonathan. 

Teacher Jennifer Dobbins said, "The children were coming in the last days checking to see whether or not their egg had hatched."  The eggs hatched April 5th and 6th.  "The children were going home and talking to their parents and friends about their chicks.  As a result, we have a lot of other classes, moms and dads dropping by to see what all the 'fluff' was about."

The chicks were given to a friend of Mr. Dobbins' to live on a farm.  He will take pictures and send to the students so they can keep up on their growth.



Written by: Carrie Johnson
Posted: Apr 12, 2011 by Carrie Johnson

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