Chicken Life Cycle

Chicken Life Cycle

Media: Animal Lifecycles

Using the review graphics from the video students will order the stages in the life cycle of a bird, the chicken.

This activity helps students demonstrate knowledge of a basic 3-part life cycle. The students create a visual life cycle diagram of the chicken. In this activity, students will put 3 pictures (Egg, Chick, Chicken) in order to show the life cycle of the chicken. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the correct order of cycles in the life of a chicken. The life cycle arrangement helps students understand that the cycle is ongoing and never ending as new life is regularly created by the adult animal. Students are given a positive ding when they place a picture correctly. If they make a mistake, the picture goes back to its beginning location and a tone plays. When the cycle is completed correctly, students are given feedback from tones and from the words "Great job!" appearing on the screen.

This activity can be used for a whole class, in pairs/small groups or individually.

• Whole Class: Choose individual students or teams to describe each part of cycle and then place on cycle diagram. Pairs/Small Groups: Students can describe each picture of each stage of life cycle and then place in order. Students can go through all of the animal lifecycle interactives (frog, chicken, turtle, fish and dog) for practice. Individual: It can be part of a review before an assessment.
• When one life cycle is completed, click the MENU button at bottom left of page to return to complete interactive menu for Animal Lifecycles.

The development of the chick in the egg is something that intrigues many students. Showing eggs that have been fertilized through candling methods can help students to see how the chick develops within the egg. Watching a chick hatch from the egg is another opportunity to make the life cycle more real for the students.

Math: Using chickens and eggs the students can write math problems for each other to solve. The problems can be more complex (i.e. there are 12 baby chicks, how many legs are there) or simple, depending on the abilities of the students.

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