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A Preschool Lesson Plan: The Life Cycle of a Chick

written by: Tracey Bleakley • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 6/6/2012

This lesson on the life cycle of a chick is perfect for a spring theme. This lesson works well with other life cycle lesson plans like butterflies and frogs. You can also teach it as part of a farm theme.

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    Make Your Own Chick Life Cycle Model

    Help your preschool students make their own chick life cycle with this fun science lesson.

    Materials

    One large, manila paper circle divided into 3 triangles, per child

    One smaller tan or yellow circle, per child

    One egg shape, per child

    One yellow chick die-cut shape, per child

    One small picture of an adult chicken, per child

    Crayons, Glue

    Feathers, hay (optional)

    Teach

    Read your class a book about the life cycle of a chick. Discuss how the hen lays an egg, how the baby chick grows inside the fertilized egg and then uses its beak to break the egg and come out, and how the chick grows into an adult chicken. A great book to demonstrate this is Chick from the See How They Grow series by DK Publishing.

    Procedure

    1. Show the class an example of a finished chick life cycle and tell them that they are going to be making one like it.
    2. Give each child a large circle that is divided into three triangles. Then give each child a smaller tan or yellow circle and have them glue it in one of the triangles. Explain that this is the nest that the hen lays her egg in. Then give everyone an egg to glue into the center of the nest. If you are using hay, let each child glue some hay on the nest around the egg.
    3. Have the students glue the chick die-cut in the next triangle. Talk about how the chick hatches out of the egg.
    4. Give each child the picture of the adult chicken and let them color it. You can have the pictures already cut out or let the students cut a circle around them, so that they can add them to their life cycles. Have the children glue the hens into the last triangle and add some feathers to their chickens if you are using the feathers.
    5. When the life cycles are finished, show the children how the life cycle goes in a circle with the hen laying an egg, the chick hatching from the egg and then growing into an adult, which eventually lays eggs too.

    Assess

    Ask each child individually to show you his life cycle model and explain the life cycle of a chick to you.

    Extend

    These life cycle models would make a cute bulletin board display. Title it "The Life Cycle of a Chick" or "Which Comes First - the Chicken or the Egg?"

    Teach your preschoolers about the life cycles of frogs and butterflies too.

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    Recommended Books

    Here are few more books to go along with the lesson.

    Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller

    This informative book discusses all kinds of animals that lay eggs. Your preschoolers will be delighted by the vivid pictures and rhyming text and surprised by some of the egg-laying animals in the book.

    First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

    This award winner uses die-cuts and bright paintings to show the life cycles of chickens, frogs, flowers and more.

    The Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni

    This classic friendship story is about two frogs who are waiting for their "chicken" egg to hatch. Preschoolers will laugh as these two frogs delight at the swimming ability of their "chicken" who is actually an alligator and enjoy the friendship that develops between these unlikely companions. This is a fun story to add to a unit about life cycles or chicks.


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