The Life Cycle of a Chicken Research for Primary Grades
We have been learning all about life cycles in first grade this year. We watched caterpillars form chrysalises and turn into butterflies as we learned about the Monarch butterfly life cycle. We explored the life cycle of plants while we grew, pollinated, and then harvested the new seeds. What better way to end the year than hatching chicks in our class?
I decided I wanted to teach the students the real science behind hatching chicks instead of doing a cutesier version. I began the unit by getting the students excited about hatching chicks. I provided four pictures of the life cycle of a chicken and simply asked the students “What’s happening?” As they examined each picture they wrote on a sticky note what they thought was happening. This was a great way for me to assess their background knowledge. We discussed some of the things they thought were happening. We also drew what we thought was happening inside the egg. I kept all of their drawings so they could compare the drawing later on in the unit. Then I told them throughout the next two weeks we would learn more about what is happening in each photo. They were so excited!
We also watched this awesome video.
Then we moved to the hatching stage. We read a text about how the chicks hatch and answered text dependent questions together. If you want to learn more about text dependent questions check out this blog post. Then the students coded their own text and defined any words that were new to them.
Our last close read was on the chick stage. After reading, our note sheets and vocabulary wall were finally complete.
For our final lesson, students wrote a literary nonfiction tab-book about the life cycle of a chicken. They used their note sheets and words from the vocabulary word wall to write their book. The results were simply amazing!
We have created a great resource to supplement activities like these that you are already doing in your classroom.
After learning about the life cycle of chickens you can get your students doing independent research on chickens in minutes, with zero prep!
We created a self-directed learning quest that guides students through digital independent research activities about chickens. Students listen to or read the text, complete activities, watch video clips, write in response to learning, and submit answers to a quiz.
These independent activities can be completed in small groups, individually, or as whole groups. It’s up to you! You can check out this self-directed learning quest that guides students through digital independent research activities about chickens here.