Third Graders "Hatch" Baby Chickens

Many Lincoln and Lancaster County third graders got the chance to "hatch" baby chicks in the classroom.

As part of the science curriculum, students learn about embryology and the life cycle. For 21 days, 3rd graders in schools like Cavett have been caring for chicken eggs in incubators, and anxiously awaiting that pecking through the shell.

"They learn so much through the course of the study about the process of the growing embrio inside the egg and all of its needs and the nutrients and all the parts that make that hatching process happen."

After hatching, students feed and water the baby chicks until they are given to local farmers. The UNL Extension in Lancaster County has been using embryology in local classroms for more than 35 years.