Crazy about chicks
Stripes, Speckles, Lucy, Bob, Midnight and Hershey.
Second graders in a Dudley Elementary classroom chant the names as teacher Wendy Bartels carefully takes each chick from a heated enclosure and hands the tiny fuzz ball to a student.
“Mine pooped on me,” a student exclaims.Shad Soller explained “holding” etiquette.
“You have to cup your hand and leave a little hole in your hands for their head,” Soller said. “You also have to protect their wings.”
Ashton Riley warned that if the chicks are dropped, their legs could break.
Welcome to the second grade life cycle unit.
Bartels describes the unit as one of her favorite because the children experience authentic learning.
Although they learn about the life cycles of frogs, butterflies and bean plants, the most hands-on is the live chick project.
This year, the Dawson County Extension office provided eggs from two family farms and an incubator.
A 21-day incubation period followed. Each day of development was shared with the help of technology, Bartels said.
On a website—gets.gc.k12.va.us/elementary/lifecycles/chickens.htm—students witnessed daily what happened inside the eggs, how they hatched and how chicks grew. They compared the information to the eggs and live chicks in the classroom.
Students also learned how to care for the eggs and chicks.
During the incubation stage, for example, Bartels and the students turned the eggs twice daily so the
Find the complete story in our print edition. Receive the entire issue of the Gothenburg Times on-line in PDF format each Wednesday for only $25 per year. Call 308-537-3636 to subscribe.
- Training for emergency preparedness
- Gothenburg FFA members compete at state fair
- Learning to adapt to change
- City Council sets tax request and levy for 2016-17
- Cornhusking contest returns to Harvest Festival after 17 year absence
- Summer evening bike ride goes wrong
- New hospital safety ratings now available to the public
- Mentees, others share value of TeamMates