TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Third graders at Lincoln Elementary in Pana and grades 1-3 at Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond, recently hatched chicks in the classroom as part of the Agriculture Literacy Program through the University of Illinois Extension. So far six classrooms in Christian County have utilized the incubators and embryology lessons in their classrooms. More area schools will be participating in the egg hatching later this spring.
Incubators, lesson plans, eggs and supplies are provided by Christian County Agriculture Literacy Program Coordinator, Charlotte Schuricht. During the 21 day incubation, students are able to learn about the cycle of life and development in the egg. The most exciting part is watching the eggs hatch and the new chicks take those first awkward steps. Once the chicken and the egg lessons are completed the chicks are delivered to area farms.
Funds for this and other Ag in the Classroom programs are provided by University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, Christian County Farm Bureau, Christian County Farm Bureau Foundation and United Way of Christian County.
University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that helps people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm or contact your local Extension office. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office.
— University of Illinois Extension Unit 18
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