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4th Grade Embryology Project

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Bennet fourth-graders have been learning about various components of agriculture this year through the Ag in the Classroom Program.  They have learned that agriculture involves raising crops and maintaining equipment used on the farm and recognizing the different types of livestock and how to raise them.  In addition, they learned the process of providing food to consumers, or as the common phrase states, from the farm to the table.

On April 19th, the students were given the opportunity to participate in an Embryology Project through the Nebraska Extension Office at UNL.  Each class received twelve fertilized chicken eggs and an incubator for them to develop in.  For the next three weeks, students will be keeping an eye on the humidity and temperature of the incubator to make sure they are both at right levels for the chicks to grow.  The incubator turns the eggs slowly (about every four hours) so the yolks do not stick to the sides.  In addition, every morning the students learn about the changes happening inside the eggs.  They track their development on a chart and are eagerly anticipating the hatching stage! Around May 10th is when the chicks will start breaking out of the shells. Stay tuned to find out how many baby chicks the fourth graders end up with!