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The Life Cycle of a Chicken Art Project

Your students will love this lesson that teaches them about the life cycle of a chicken. It gives students the chance to visualize the steps that occur from a chick's birth to when it becomes a chicken!
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Students will be able to understand the life cycle of a chicken.

(5 minutes)
  • Explain to the students that today they will be learning all about the life cycle of a chicken.
  • Assess prior knowledge by asking the class who has seen a chicken before and what sound chickens make.
  • Now, have your students walk around the room and cluck like a chicken!
(5 minutes)
  • Watch The Lifecycle of a Chicken: The Story of Penny as a class.
  • Begin asking the students about the process that they just witnessed.
  • With the help of your class, write down the stages of the life of a chicken on the board to review.
(20 minutes)
  • Tell the students that they will now have the chance to create a craft that will represent the life cycle of a chicken!
  • Give each student a large egg cutout. Remind students that at the beginning, chickens start out as eggs.
  • At the very top of the large egg, have students draw a small egg. They can then glue the brown shredded paper under the egg to create a nest. This is to represent the chicken before it hatches.
  • Then, have students draw an arrow clockwise to the side of the egg. Instruct students to draw another egg that appears cracked and to glue two googly eyes in the center. This is to show the stage of the life cycle where the egg begins to hatch.
  • Then draw another arrow clockwise to the bottom of the egg. Have students make a picture of a chick. Give them two googly eyes and a beak to put on the chick.
  • Draw another arrow clockwise to the left side of the large egg where students will create a chicken.
  • Paint each students' hands red and have them press it onto the paper. Give them a googly eye and beak to glue on. Have them draw on legs and wings.
  • Lastly, have students write "Lifecycle of a Chicken" in the center of the egg.
(5 minutes)
  • Have your class complete the Life Cycle of a Chicken coloring page.
  • Enrichment: Give students a piece of blank white paper and have them list the steps of the life cycle of chicken independently.
  • Support: List the steps of the life cycle of a chicken and cut them out. Have students in need of support order them correctly and glue them to a piece of construction paper.
(5 minutes)
  • Have the class get into groups of 2 and explain the life cycle of a chicken to each other.
  • Walk around the class and monitor discussions.
(10 minutes)
  • To finish the lesson, read From Egg to Chicken: How Living Things Grow.

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