Mr. Trevis’ Lower Elementary classroom has some egg-citing news — they are hatching 24 chicken eggs in a special incubator in their classroom. Many lessons are incorporated into this wonderful experience, including science, mathematics and journaling. The students washed, weighed (1,481 grams in total) and numbered the eggs before placing them in the incubator, which is equipped with a candelar microscope. This special microscope allows the students to monitor the chick’s development in the egg. A darker shade indicates that the chick is developing, while a clear/lighter shade indicates that the egg was not successfully fertilized. Additionally, the students have created and designed homemade journals in which to monitor their observations.
The incubation period will take 21 days. The students will keep the chicks for two weeks at school, and then they will be brought to Mr. Trevis’ farm.