KC Hatching Ducks
The students in Miss Termine’s Kindergarten class at Saint Joseph School have been studying Animal Life Cycles as part of their big end of the year science project. Perhaps the most exciting piece of it all has been the life cycle unfolding right before their very eyes with the incubation and hatching of duck eggs in their classroom!
Students have played a huge role in the success of their project. Using their “Hatching Journals” to record their observations, they kept track of the duck eggs’ growth and development through candling (a method that uses a bright light to show what is happening inside of the egg), making predictions, books, and music. They were also responsible for the job of “Egg Turner,” in which students manually rotated the eggs three times a day to ensure the health of the duck embryo.
As a culmination to this science unit, the students have been given the opportunity to “duck-sit,” and take the ducklings home so they can share their excitement with their families! Not only has this project helped the children foster their sense of responsibility, but it has been such a rewarding hands-on learning experience, and something they just couldn’t be more proud of!