Hatching a Love of Science at Northwest

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Second-grade students at Northwest received a hands-on lesson in biology this spring when they watched fertilized chicken eggs develop into full-grown baby chicks.

In teacher Franca Adams’s class, students learned about the 21-week process with the help of a video program on an educational website. Each week, the students learned which stage of development the baby chicks were experiencing, all while watching that development unfold with the use of a special light that shined through the eggs while they stayed warm in the incubator.

On June 2, one of the dozen or so developing chicks in Ms. Adams’s class hatched, using its egg tooth, a knob of bone set on top of all baby chicks’ little beaks. The students got to learn about biology and cuddle up to friendly pets at the same time.