Serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties

This course is designed to provide elementary and high school teachers with knowledge on the chicken's egg, its importance to man, and its role in reproduction of the species.

Course content will be oriented to train teachers to conduct classroom incubation and embryonic development projects.

Detailed information on the stages of embryonic development and the preservation of embryos will be included. Instructional methods will include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and visual aids. Suggestions on how to use classroom incubation and embryonic development projects to enhance programs in science, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and art will be offered. This hands-on project is designed to give your students the opportunity to hatch chicks in their own classroom.

During the 21-day incubation period, students learn to prepare eggs, set up an incubator, record progress, turn eggs, and test eggs for fertility.

Tazewell County 4-H and Peoria County 4-H have annual Embryology in the Classroom programs with set dates and trainings. Fulton and Mason 4-H have incubators that can be checked out.

Embryology in the Classroom Certificate

Use this certificate as a fun way for students to remember their experience with Embryology in the Classroom.


Classroom Note to be sent home to parents

This note can be edited to add specific information about what your class has been doing during your Embryology in the Classroom experience. OR you may use the wording and add it to your own classroom website or newsletter. It is a great way to help parents understand the connection between this special project and University of Illinois Extension.




Embryology in the Classroom Peoria County Registration form

Educators of all types are invited to register for our annual Embryology in the Classroom slots. Space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your spot we need a completed registration form and payment returned to the Extension office in Peoria.

  • April 7 - mandatory training and equipment pick up, 4:30 p.m. at Extension office, Peoria
  • April 20 - egg pick up, 1 to 4 p.m. OR April 21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Extension office, Peoria
  • April 21 - set eggs / Day 1 of incubation schedule
  • May 11 - chicks hatch / Day 21 of incubation schedule
  • May 15 - return hatched chicks and cleaned equipment, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to the Extension office