Happy Birthday Chicks!

I am pleased to announce the birth of our sweet baby chicks! 

Our "hatch date" was yesterday, and the kids were a tad {okay...a LOT} disappointed that we did not even see one sign of a chick. I on the other hand got a little nervous. I kept checking and rechecking to make sure that I had followed every single direction. I kept thinking, ohmyword...what if we do not even have one chick hatch. I can't even imagine! ;) 

However, after some prayer last night, this morning...first thing...we had *a* chick, and I was praising the good Lawd for that one chick {even if he had to be THE only chick we had}. 

Of course the kids were beyond and I do mean beyond thrilled! 

They gave him the most honorable name imaginable. Meet...Silas! However, they refer to him by his nickname "Uncle Si"... 

Here is my future vet teaching his friends all about the egg tooth. He was totally in his element! Love this sweetness! 

So after meeting our little friend, we set off to do some research. I had to keep their minds busy, and since they weren't going to think about anything but chicks, we decided to do some chick research. My Spring Writing Bundle came to the rescue! They were all about finding out how to care for our new baby. 

Can I just say that I am amazed that they completed their entire research papers in one hour flat {research and all}. I think I will hatch chicks every single day of the week! 

Just look at these writings: 

You can find these cute chicks right {HERE}. 

As we were writing, I periodically sent students on chick check duty...those who were working of course! And I wonder why they had such thorough research! ;) 

While doing our research, we had another perfect surprise! We must have done our job well! We had two chicks hatching and chirping all day long! 

Is that not amazing? I was so excited that every student was able to observe the second chick hatch. 

And in true Duck Dynasty fashion...our second chick now goes by the name "Willie". Love these kids! 

After our second chick, the kids came up with a great idea. They decided that we should create fractions to represent how many chicks have hatched by the start of each hour. Then, they wanted to create a line graph to see when most of the hatching occurred. So, I threw in the towel and let them become the teachers. :)  

Since we only had two chicks by 2:00, I kept track of the rest. We will complete our charts and graphs on Monday! 

And by about 7:00 tonight, we had an entire chick family. 

If you have the opportunity to get your hands on some chick eggs, I highly recommend it! Just in a short time, my kiddos learned some of life's most amazing lessons! 

Happy Birthday Chicks and Happy Friday to You! 


  1. Wow!! That is awesome! What a wonderful experience! I need to find some chick eggs! You have some of the most amazing ideas. Happy Birthday Chicks! Oh and I LOVE the Duck Dynasty theme! That makes me HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!

    Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

  2. What a great experience for your students!! I love how you incorporated writing and math into the lesson as well.

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  3. Oh my word! This looks like soooooooooo much fun! Love how you incorporated writing, math, and research into such a fun project! So glad the chicks hatched! You're kids crack me up with the names! TOO funny!

    The Applicious Teacher

  4. This is a lovely post! Love the chicks and the students and the writing.

  5. I have always wanted to try this - but have never been brave enough - always worry that I will mess up and every one will be in tears. But your class got so much out of it I may have to try it....

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  6. That's so great! I remember hatching chicks in kindergarten but your experience seems so much deeper! I love that you let the kids take the reign. They came up with such a great idea!


  7. You are amazing to do this with your class! What a great experience for your kiddos- and I'm loving those names too ;-)

  8. I don't have a good success rate with living things in my classroom, but I know my Preppies would absolutely love having some chick eggs in our room. You have inspired me! :)


    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep

  9. How incredibly and cute and sooooo fun and educational for your kiddos!!!! The pics are great and those chickies are just too cute!!! Love all the adorable activities you used to tie it all together:)))

    4th Grade Frolics

  10. This is amazing. Where did you buy your eggs/supplies/incubator, etc?

  11. I am SO jealous! I have wanted chicks for YEARS! My only reason for not having any yet is I don't have a place to take them when they have hatched...I am not about to raise chickens! LOL! My brother is thinking about getting some and will let me hatch them in my room. I am really hoping we can work that out for this year.
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  12. what do you do with the chicks once they've hatched?

  13. You do the most amazing things with your class! What a great experience for them! I Love your fraction and graphing idea!

  14. I love the sheer look of joy on the little girl's face as she holds new life. You sure don't have to beg for attention with a learning experience like this. I love that they created their own math activity!


  15. Darling! Our second graders just hatched three sweet little chicks and I couldn't stop visiting them during lunch. :) I bet your kiddos loved this!
    I Want to be a Super Teacher