In the last week students have had the opportunity to watch chicks break their shells and hatch out of into a new world. Students have chose names for the new babies, taken responsibility feeding and watering them, and keeping their brooding box clean. The personal responsibility and interest students have expressed and demonstrated has been immense.
This project connects to seventh graders studying Genetics and Heredity as part of the North Carolina Science Standards allowing them to engage with living organisms. Students are observing heritable traits and make connections to the study of genetics. As students get a chance to observe the parentage of the various breeds, both purebreds and mutt birds, will allow students to indentify concepts they have learned in class to the animals in front of them.