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What came first, the chicken or the egg? Students watch chicks emerge from their shells and make models of them. This amazing event will always be remembered!
After a hen mates with a rooster, she lays fertilized eggs. In 21 days, these eggs will hatch if they are kept warm by the hen’s body or an incubator. Invite students to find out what happens inside the shell while the embryo is growing into a chick with the read aloud story From Egg to Chicken (How Living Things Grow) by Anita Ganeri. Share the book's illustrations with students and allow them time to discuss what they see.
If possible, obtain an incubator and fertilized eggs to see what happens next.
They’re hatching! When the chick is ready to hatch, it pokes a hole in the sac, sticks its head through the shell membrane, and breathes in the air space. Students listen to the chicks peeping inside their shells. Baby chickens use "egg teeth" to peck their way out of their shells. When the chicks hatch, they are wet and tired. Ask students to observe how the chicks quickly change. What is happening?
Capture the excitement! With white and yellow Crayola Model Magic®, students sculpt a chick coming out of its shell. Use modeling tools and textured objects to make the chick look wet and tired. Add color to the Model Magic from a Crayola Washable Marker to make the shell and chick look realistic. Sculpt a fluffy chick to show what it looks like when it’s dry, too.
Share the news! Provide an opportunity for students to tell the whole exciting story of the chicks to friends and family. They can use sculptures to help describe exactly what changes were seen. Invite parents to the classroom to observe the newly-hatched chicks and talk with students about their learning.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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