On Tuesday, May 26, we went on a whole school trip to the town of Rudolph to visit the grotto and gardens there. The day began with beautiful weather as we toured the site and went through the Wonder Cave. There were statues, light pictures, mosaics, and other symbols of our faith all around, mingled with a great variety of plants. After exploring, we gathered to pray a rosary together. Since it was starting to rain, we stood under a shelter to pray. The rain was loud on the tin roof, so we joined our voices to pray louder. As the storm continued to increase in volume, we raised our voices louder and louder too. It was quite an experience as our voices competed with the storm. It was truly a memorable day.
We welcome new babies to our classroom as they hatch out of their eggshells.
It takes a lot of patience to watch the little chicks slowly peck around their eggshell and push their way out, but how exciting it is to see them finally emerge out into the big world outside their tiny egg!
Tiny little balls of fluff in their new cozy home.
We love hanging out with our chicks as they dry off and huddle together with their friends.
So many little chickens!
Have you ever studied an egg as it is going through the incubation process? That is just what we are doing in second grade! We have filled an incubator with chicken eggs (and a few guinea fowl eggs just for fun). We have been learning many new vocabulary words as we study the different parts of the eggs and the different stages of the embryos as they develop inside the eggs.
Every day, student helpers turn the eggs over just as a mother hen does in her nest when she is setting on eggs. Once in a while we use a bright flashlight to candle the eggs. That means we hold the light up to the shell to see the embryo inside. We have seen some of the embryos moving around inside their eggs, and they are definitely getting bigger!
Since chicken eggs hatch after about 21 days of incubation, we are expecting our new babies around May 13. (Guinea fowl eggs tend to be trickier to hatch, and they take 28 days, so we are hoping to welcome a few additional baby chicks on May 20 if all goes well. We can't see the guinea embryos through the thicker eggshells, so we are just hoping for the best.)
Thank you Mrs. Ploeckelman (Miss Ploeckelman's mom) for supplying us with eggs from the farm :)