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Chicken Life Cycle Unit


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Would you like to teach students about the life cycle of a chicken? This is a complete low prep unit on the chicken life cycle. Students will love these high-interest reading pages. Students will learn about life cycles and chicken growth and development. Students will learn about how hens take care of the eggs and chicks.❤️

This Chicken Life cycle Resource Includes:

  • slide show about the inside of an egg
  • Informational text passages (three pages)
  • follow-up pages
  • a story about Banti the Broody Hen (slide show format)
  • sorting activities
  • matching activities
  • hatching eggs is not required with this unit


Teachers Love This Unit! ❤️❤️❤️

Anne ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

Used this in conjunction with live feed chicken incubation project. Excellent resource to use without hatching, and even better with hatching as an enrichment. Fabulous visuals. Thanks for the great product!

Heather ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

Used this for a fun lesson week while we hatched chicken eggs. The students enjoyed learning the ins and outs of chicken eggs, hatching, and raising chickens.

This resource is aligned with:

NGSS 3-LS1-1 Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

SCI.4.10.C Organisms and Environments. The student knows that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures and behaviors that help them survive within their environment. The student is expected to: explore, illustrate, and compare life cycles in living organisms such as beetles, crickets, radishes, or lima beans

This resource is also aligned with the science standards for Utah’s third grade.

Utah SEEd 3.2.1 Develop models to describe patterns of change that organisms go through during their life cycles. Emphasize that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles, but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

This resource also includes a darling true story of a broody bantam hen. She wanted to sit on eggs and hatch them and raise chicks. She sat on her own eggs and tried to hatch them, but they were not fertilized so they did not hatch. She even sat on a golf ball! Banti’s person got her some fertilized eggs from a farm, and she went on to raise some chicks.  

This beautifully told story is in a slide-show format and is perfect for a read-aloud story. Children will love following Banti’s adventures and watching her raise her chicks. They will be interested to learn through this story about the hen’s instinct and behavior.

There are response pages for the story of Banti, as well as center activities and follow-up pages on chick growth and development.

This is perfect for a unit on the farm or chick-hatching!  The story is beautifully illustrated by artwork and photos. There are video clips included.

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This unit DOES NOT require you to be hatching chicks to use it. See more on the chicken life cycle here.

These resources are created by Lynda R. Williams at Teaching Science

Student Skills Include:

  • Sequencing
  • Problem/solution
  • Comprehension
  • Writing Prompts ✍

The following Science and Engineering Practices will be used by students:

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering) Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

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