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 Online Album With Fun Facts
PennState Embryology in the Classroom
American Poultry Association
Teacher Resource: American Egg Board
The Ohio State University Extension ChickQuest
University of Illinois Chickscope
- Incubator Set Up
- The Incredible Infertile Egg
- Setting the Eggs
- Eggsploring the Egg - Candling to see Air Pockets
- Facebook Live - Day 7 Candling Our Eggs in the Incubator
- Explore the Inside of An Egg (accompanying worksheet linked above)
- Egg Shell Strength Experiments
- Facebook Live - Day 14 of Incubation Process
- Egg Color, Sizes, and Grading Activities (accompanying worksheet linked above)
- Egg Soak Experiment (accompanying worksheet linked above)
- Facebook Live - Day 17 Candling Our Eggs
- Facebook Live - Day 21 Hatching and External Pips
- Shaking and Chirping Egg (example of the beginning of hatching process)
Use this certificate as a fun way for students to remember their experience with Embryology in the Classroom.
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.
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