Mrs. Jackee Stagno of McCullough Elementary School had a special treat for her 4th-grade students - real, live baby chicks.
To complement a lesson on animal life cycles, Stagno acquired materials through a partnership with Penn State and 4H. Beginning on March 8th, the students observed the eggs and discussed the chicks’ development; one day they only had blood vessels, the next day a brain, then over the next few days the students observed heartbeats, legs kicking, and the air sac.
When they arrived at school on March 29, the students were greeted by ten baby chicks. The chicks stayed in the care of the class until April 6 when Penn State representatives retrieved them to take to a farm.
“It is great to see the kids so excited,” said Stagno. “It has been wonderful, and I cannot wait to do this again next year!”
Brylee Lawson and Dylan Landram hold a baby chick
The students enjoyed having the chicks in their classroom
Anthony Stagno (grade 8) stops by to visit his mom’s classroom and see the baby chicks
Sofia Stagno (grade 7)