Hatching Chicks in Copiague

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First-grade students in Terri Alzmann’s class at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School learned about the life cycle of a chicken by observing the progression of an egg hatching into a chick.

During the study unit, the students discussed the elements that make up a chicken egg such as the shell, albumen, chalazae and membrane. The eggs were kept in an incubator in the classroom. As a class, they kept a 21-day countdown until the nine chicks hatched. During that time, they observed the eggs and wrote in their “My Chick Journal,” taking notes and logging any changes in the eggs’ appearances.

Once the chicks arrived, the children had the opportunity to hold and hand-feed them.