Eggs-Ray Vision!

Okay, so I know that chicks grow and develop inside and egg, but I guess I never really stopped long enough to really grasp how amazing that truly is...or maybe it was the fact that today, we saw it firsthand! Today marks day eight of our eggs, so it was time for some candling. Umm....I may never *ever* eat eggs again, but this really is incredible! 

Our babies' progress...

Check that out! Amazing, right?

Our sweet chicks are now developing their feathers and the egg tooth is beginning to develop. We have been following along with our chicks' development at Chickscope. If you plan on having chicks in your classroom, this is a great resource! 

After today's candling, I am hopeful that we will see a few babies in about two more weeks. I am still in awe of nature and all of the amazing wonders that it has to offer. Like...for real! It's just plain crazy! What a cool world we get to observe. 

In other animal news...

Yesterday, we began studying the different habitats that support the life of different species of animals. I divided the students up into groups and gave them about 30 minutes to become experts in one specific habitat and prepare their presentations. Then, we did a little jigsaw and took some time to share our knowledge with others. Rather than having the students present one by one, we did a little gallery walk. Every five minutes, the students would rotate and another group member would be in charge of their "exhibit." The students used sticky notes to leave specific feedback for each presentation.

We talked about the importance of useful and constructive feedback. Their sticky notes had to be specific and something that would help the group improve, as well as something that they did extremely well! 

Here are some of the presentations...

During their presentations, we focused on how to involve the audience through eye contact and responding to questions. They were such engaging little teachers. 

Today, we revisited food chains to match them to the habitats that we studied yesterday. I had the students create actual food "chains" with a twist. 

I laid out colorful paper and we worked to assign colors to specific classification groups within a food chain. The students had to illustrate a specific food chain within a chosen habitat. Then, they had to show how the consumer classification could be broken down into specific types of consumers. Here is what we came up with...

It's a chain within a chain {if you will}. This really helped them understand how consumers can be broken down into herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores. Super simple, but a strong visual for those that didn't quite get it the first time around! 

I can't believe it is already Friday {tomorrow}! I hope my teacher friends have had a fabulous week! 


  1. Hope,

    I love your food chain "chains!" I am going to be teaching about them next week for our owl unit and I will definitely be including this activity!!! What a great visual!!!

    Lessons with Laughter

  2. I am so excited to see the progress of your chicks. I will be teaching second grade next year after 12 years in first. I will get to hatch chicks next year, I can't wait to see what you create so I can see what can be done during the unit.

  3. I cannot wait to get my chicks this year. It'll be my third year hatching. It is absolutely amazing!

  4. I hatched chicks last year with my first grade. It was amazing!! I can't wait to do it this year.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  5. Wow! The photos of the eggs are so cool! Love your kiddos' posters, too :) we are studying animals towards the end of the year-love these ideas!

  6. I have hatched chicks too...truly amazing! WONDERFUL LEARNING ACTIVITIES!

  7. Our kinders used to hatch eggs but quit after several years in a row of having chicks with a few extra/missing body parts :(

    Your animal posters and chains are simply fabulous. What an awesome visual to help your kiddos!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  8. I would like to know what some of the students wrote on the sticky notes for feedback. I would like to get past "it's nice" "I like it."

  9. OK, I hate to be an ignoramous, but when your kiddos "researched" each environment, did they go on the internet to preset websites, or did you just leave books for each habitat? I'm looking for an easier way than I'm teaching it now. We start teaching habitats next week, so I'm looking forward to trying your way. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Watching the chicks develop and hatch is pretty fantastic. We get our eggs right after spring break and I can hardly wait! =)

    A+ Firsties

  11. How exactly did you make your candler box... I am doing chicks in May and have just used a flash light in the past but would like something like what you made.