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4-H Embryology – Teacher Information

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Two people handle a chick.

Springtime means it’s time to hatch chicks in 2nd-grade classrooms across Haywood County! This page includes resources and information for conducting the 4-H Embryology project in a classroom setting. This is a fantastic project to introduce young people to agriculture and incorporate project-based learning into your classroom… there is a lot of science to discover in the 4-H embryology project!

This project meets the following North Carolina educational standards:

  • 2.L.1 Understand animal life cycles
    • 2.L.1.1 Summarize the life cycle of animals: Birth, Developing into an adult, Reproducing, Aging and death
    • 2.L.1.2 Compare the life cycles of different animals such as, but not limited to, mealworms, ladybugs, crickets, guppies, or frogs

Table of Contents

  1. Setting Up an Incubator
  2. What happens in the egg? & Candling Eggs
  3. Hatching Chicks in the Classroom
  4. Brooding Chicks in the Classroom
  5. Cleaning Up After a Successful Hatch
  6. 4-H Embryology In-Classroom Activities

For questions, please contact: Sally Dixon, Haywood County Extension Director at or 828-456-3575