Isn't it Egg-Citing?

A Web Quest for 4th and 5th Graders

Franklinton Elementary School

Franklinton, NC








Click on each chick to go to that area of the web quest.



Have you ever wondered what came first, the chicken or the egg?You and your classmates will be pondering that very question over the next several weeks.You will be doing research and hands on investigations on the life cycle of a developing chicken egg.†††††


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Your mission in this web quest is to learn as much as you can about incubating and hatching eggs.Each of you will be assigned to a group of 4 to 5 students.Your group will be responsible for learning the parts of an egg, what a developing chick looks like at different points in the cycle and what you will need to do to make sure the eggs in your classroom hatch.You will also be participating in classroom activities with real eggs in an incubator.Once you have completed your research, your group will create a multi media presentation using PowerPoint to demonstrate what you have learned.You will present your project to your classmates, your teacher and your Technology Facilitator.


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Step 1

To begin your quest, you must research some chick websites and take notes as you go.You can use the worksheet to record facts and information you learn as you go.The following websites will help you during your mission.


Incubation and Hatching


Care and Incubation of Hatching Eggs


Incubating Eggs


The Easy Chicken


4-H Embryology


Life Cycle and Development


Parts of an egg


Stages of Development


Structure of the egg


Reasons for poor hatches


Egg Development


21 Day Life Cycle


General Information


Royal Alberta Museum


Egg Trivia


Step 2

Now that you have completed your research, you are ready to create your presentation.Use the following guidelines to help you.Your PowerPoint project must include:

  1. At least 6 slides
  2. A title slide that includes each of your team membersí names and a title for your project
  3. Graphics, and you must cite your source (Donít forget you can take pictures of the eggs you are incubatingto include in your project.)
  4. Four slides that explain the life cycle and habitat of a developing chicken egg
  5. An ending slide to summarize what you have learned


Some other things to take into consideration:

  1. Is your project attractive?
  2. Does your presentation flow easily from one slide to the next?
  3. Is your content well organized?
  4. Has each member of your team contributed to the project?


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Your multi media project will be evaluated using this rubric. Your teacher will provide you with a copy.


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Congratulations!You are now a Chick Embryologist Specialist!


Click here to watch a movie of a chick hatching


Click here to watch a movie of a rooster crowing


Click here to learn how to draw a baby chick


Click here for an egg trivia game


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