Breaking News: It is possible that children will not be permitted to hold the chicks due to concerns regarding Salmonella. While this decision has not been confirmed, please be aware that this is a possibility and may change a portion of our celebration on Friday. However, the celebration will still go on! Please refer to this article for more information.
Chick Hatch Update:
As I posted yesterday, Monday was our surprise hatch day, and we were fortunate enough to be there when several of the eggs hatched! In case you haven't heard, we had a decent, not great hatch. As I told the children, we did everything we were supposed to do and if the eggs didn't hatch and/or the chicks weren't healthy, we need to realize we did our best! We placed 13 eggs in the incubator and 7 hatched. Six of those seem to be healthy chicks, and one was not healthy and did not live. Considering that a hatch rate of 50% is considered normal, we did pretty well. Our neighbors across the hall in Mrs. Kelly's class had a 100% hatch rate, so they kindly allowed us to adopt three of their chicks, so we now have 9 in our brooding tank.
The next two photos show students watching chicks hatch via our live iPad feed--the iPad was placed on the incubator window and the action was "mirrored" to our interactive whiteboard for us all to watch.
|I love the looks on the students' faces in this picture!|
|Egg Watch duty became Chick Watch duty. So much fun to see how chicks behave!|
|Students are working hard on their All About Chicks books!|
|We will share these books on Friday.|
|Our guests of honor. :-)|
|We are working on a cool science/art project to share on Friday as well. This is a sneak peek of one phase of the project.|