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Eggcellent Adventures in Classroom Embryology: An Intracurricular Guide to Chicken Embryology 1

Shaina Spann and Judy Levings2

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Eggcellent Adventures in Classroom Embryology is about learning through experience. In most cases, when a teacher signs up to teach chicken embryology in the classroom, the teacher sets up the incubator and the teacher and class wait for the eggs to hatch—that is the experience. This guide, however, has lessons to incorporate into a daily plan in order to make the chicken embryology experience an intracurricular experience. Through a series of activities, students can see firsthand how a chicken develops in an egg. Students will observe the growth from candling sessions that show the development of the chick; the students can record data, make predictions, and conclude what they think the final outcome will be. The lessons in Eggcellent Adventures follow Florida Sunshine State Standards and incorporate activities from various sources. Each lesson contains an experience, instructions on how to do the experience, background information if needed, and reflection questions. There are a total of 31 lessons for the unit, or approximately two lessons for each day of in-class instruction. Overall, the lessons address agricultural literacy and science concepts, but they also address math, language arts, and visual arts.

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This document is 4H368, one of a series of the 4-H Youth Development Program, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date November 2015. Reviewed November 2018. Visit the EDIS website at


Shaina Spann, 4-H agent, UF/IFAS Extension Baker County; and Judy Levings, 4-H state educational design specialist; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.