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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Thanks for stopping by my May Bright Ideas post! I hope you are enjoying hopping through all of the BRIGHT Ideas! =) 

It is finally May! I don’t know if you know what that means, but around here it means that school is ALMOST out! Nine More days, nine more days….. It’s become my little mantra. Kind of like the little engine that could…. without the awesome conductor and caboose… but I digress.
May also means that it is time for another BRIGHT IDEA. So Here it goes:

Spring was made to teach science concepts. I mean what better way to teach about life cycles and living and non-living animals and things than by looking at these things first hand.
By Spring it feels like my kiddos and I are JUST hitting our stride. They know what I expect and we have a good solid foundation to work on. 

Last year my class watched a caterpillar grow into a butterfly.
This year I wanted to do something different. I had heard about classrooms hatching baby chicks. This intrigued me. I went to Amazon and looked around for incubators, knowing I would need one. Holy Guacamole! They are expensive. So that Idea was out. Or so I thought.
I posted on my
Facebook asking if anyone knew of any way that I could make this happen…

To my surprise there was a way. I don’t know if this is every where or just in Ohio, but we have what are called county extension offices. For $20 bucks I was able to get 24 baby chick eggs, borrow an incubator, a brooding box, and chick feed, to try to grow our baby chick eggs into actual baby chicks.
It’s an involved process. You have to turn the eggs over 3 times a day and put water in the incubator, but when it was all said and done we had 6 baby chicks hatch. Sadly 2 of them didn’t make it. But we have 4 that are alive and thriving. We get to pick where they go to live out their lives too. 1 of my students is taking 1 home and a few of my
para’s are splitting the remaining ones up. Needless to say it was an exciting few weeks in my classroom. I have never seen so much excitement and learning from a unit. It was such a wonderful process.

You may have read all of that and thought so what exactly is my bright idea?

My bright idea is to learn to use the resources in your community. We as teachers always feel like it is up to us to provide what our class needs to get through the units and sometimes go broke in the process of trying to bring the lessons to life. Remembering to reach out to people in your community can connect you to valuable and time saving resources you never thought existed.
I hope you enjoyed my Bright idea. 

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