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Chickens, Ducks, and Turkeys, Oh My!
It’s November, which means, turkey day is just around the corner! To get you prepared, Illinois Ag in the Classroom has an 'egg-cellent' collection of poultry lessons! The term poultry refers to chickens, turkeys, ducks, ostriches, emus, quail, pheasants, and geese. From egg anatomy to pudding cup turkeys, check out what IAITC has to offer.
Check out these fun poultry facts:
- National Poultry Day is March 19th
- An eggshell may have as many as 17,000 tiny pores over its surface
- Illinois has over 5 million chickens
- You can tell what color egg a hen will lay by the color of her earlobes
- A hen lays about 300 eggs a year
- Chickens raised for their meat are called broilers
Ag Mag + An Ag-Venture
Read about all things poultry with our Poultry Ag Mag and Ag-Venture. This is a great classroom activity for 4th through 8th graders. Use the Ag-Venture with Poultry activity hand in hand with the Ag Mag. These two resources paired together make the perfect connection for students!
"The Interrupting Chicken" by David Ezra Stein
"Sonya's Chickens" by Phoebe Wahl
"Big Chickens" by Leslie Helakoski
"Mr. Watson's Chickens" by Jarrett Dapier
"What Will Hatch?" by Jennifer Ward
"The Good Egg" by Jory John and Pete Oswald
"Chicks and Salsa" by Aaron Reynolds
"The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County" by Janice N. Harrington
Turkey Pudding Cups
This lesson is designed to be a fun, hands-on activity that introduces students to facts about poultry and to talk about nutrition. From reading "Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey" to creating the turkeys, students will 'gobble' with laughter at this unique activity.
Science + Egg Production
Eggs are so fascinating! Check out these science-based egg-citing lessons about eggs anatomy!
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Originally filmed in the spring of 2020, these videos were intended to allow students learning from home to still experience hatching chicken eggs and help them learn more about embryology.
The videos take you step by step through the hatching experience with lots of fun facts along the way.
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Chicken Wing, Chicken Wing...
Despite the popularity of chicken wings as a snack or meal item, many people do not realize the similarities between chicken wings and the human arm. By dissecting a chicken wing, students can identify the parts of the wing that mirror those of a human arm. That is exactly what students get to do in our less "Chicken Wings!"
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What’s more fun than learning while playing a game? We're pretty sure this is just about as good as it gets! Students will create their own Jeopardy-style game by researching poultry facts. Think about all the fun categories they could come up with…
Have we 'cracked' open an interest??
Illinois Ag in the Classroom has many more poultry resources check them all out!
Every year October rolls around and what does that mean Illinois? PUMPKINS! Check out "All Things Pumpkins" to discover Illinois' connection to this famous gourd!
It's fall y'all and you know what that means... APPLES! Check out all these awesome IAITC Apple Resouces to plant a 'seed' of excitement about agriculture!