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CFWT Mini-Grant Story: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

When the 2019-2020 school year took an uncertain turn, Kim Mock took to Zoom to continue her Chicka Chicka Boom Boom project. Through this project, Ms. Mock taught her students about the incubator that housed the class’s chicken eggs, its components, and math terms like temperature, dates, and weight as they awaited the chicks hatching.

Virtually, the second-grade teacher and her students examined the physical outer and inner characteristics of an egg, learned the scientific names of each part and its purpose. During this project, the students were, “able to see the development of the chick, from blood vessels to eyes to pumping heartbeat to leg movement. It was fascinating,” Mock reports. The second graders recorded chick development in their journals as they observed through the 21-day process.

Mock Facetimed with each student so they could hear the peeping and see the tooth begin the journey of breaking out of the shell. Mock finishes by saying, “When the chicks were ready to make the journey to the farmer, I drove to 20 different driveways for a ‘social distanced chick parade’ so students could peer into the box at the life cycle completion. My heart was so full as I watched them!”

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