What a wonderful addition to the chick classroom project with Ms. Vice and her wonderful classrooms full of curious students- Mealworms! In addition to the chick hatching project, this amazing teacher thought through other things to add to the classroom for the students to experience. When brainstorming what it would take for care of the the chicks after they were hatched, the students were listing things they could feed the chickens. I had mentioned to Ms. Vice about our mealworm 'hotels' we sell as kits on the farm for those that would like to raise their own treats for their chickens. This created all sorts of conversation about what could be possible right in their own class. After Ms. Vice visited the farm, we were able to gift the classroom a kit to get them started in learning about the cycle of life for these egg to beetle snacks. Don't worry, none of these mealworms, pupas, and beetles make their way out of the containers we provide, making it a perfect household and classroom learning center. The class will be able to have all the snacks they would like for their chicks as well as see how metamorphosis works in the development of this transforming creature.
Sometimes examining the bedding can reveal the tiny worms that hatch from the beetle eggs. I think there is a future scientist on our hand here!
A long wait, but an exciting adventure with a really cool outcome. Here are some of the students getting to enjoy the chicks that hatched from their classroom project! Ms. Vice was able to have a live stream for others to tune in and watch the hatch. She shared the link with several other teachers she knew would be interested and several other Middle School teachers, at home moms, parents, and students that evening were all tuned into see what they could see of the 4 chicks that hatched. Two chicks were witnessed hatching out during the school day and two others hatched out after- allowing for parents and students to watch and share together! Don't think we all could have planned any of this better!! Even a school district STEM coordinator was able to check out the hatch through this form of streaming. Another district representative visited the classroom after hearing about the project and its wonderful connection to learning to observe the 2 day old chicks, take video and pics, as well as interview students. Sharing the love of this experiential learning, Ms. Vice!! Way to make an impact on so many students' lives and motivate positive, creative projects in the classroom.
Not sure of names, but here are the fabulous four chicks that hatched in a classroom full of caring, learning students.