Figure 1. Children can learn the science of life through the 4-H Embryology Project. Credit: Marcus Boston, UF/IFAS

Eggcellent Adventures in Classroom Embryology

Eggcellent Adventures in Classroom Embryology is about learning through experience. In most cases, when a teacher signs up to teach chicken embryology in the classroom, the teacher sets up the incubator and the teacher and class wait for the eggs to hatch. That is the experience. But the daily plan of lessons in this guide make the chicken embryology experience an intracurricular experience. Through a series of activities, students can see firsthand how a chicken develops in an egg. Students will observe the growth from candling sessions that show the development of the chick; the students can record data, make predictions, and conclude what they think the final outcome will be. The lessons in the guide follow Florida Sunshine State Standards and incorporate activities from various sources. Each lesson contains an experience, instructions on how to do the experience, background information if needed, and reflection questions. There are a total of 31 lessons for the unit, or approximately two lessons for each day of in-class instruction. Overall, the lessons address agricultural literacy and science concepts, but they also address math, language arts, and visual arts. Written by Shaina Bennett and Judy Levings and published by the UF 4-H Youth Development Program, October 2015.
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