Navigation - Utility Portals

Breadcrumb, don't delete

Landing-nav, don't delete

Fair Oaks students learn about the life cycle thanks to District 279 Foundation grant

Fair Oaks students learn about the life cycle thanks to District 279 Foundation grant

Spring is the season for baby animals, and this year that’s true even in the Fair Oaks Elementary School library. With funding from a District 279 Foundation grant, librarian Rachel Ortiz brought chicken eggs to the library so students can watch them hatch and learn about the animal life cycle. 

eggs in a hatching device

The first two chicks in the group of 10 hatched April 24, and by the morning of April 25 the library had three new chicks and a fourth pecking its way out. 

“Last year we did butterflies, and the kids were so engaged that we thought this would be a great way to teach students about life cycles and nature,” Ortiz said. “The library is a place for learning; it’s not just books. Knowledge comes in all sorts of ways.”

Classes have been taking turns visiting the library to get progress reports and make observations on the hatching process in addition to having lessons about the life cycle during each class’s regular library media time. 

students smile at hatching eggs

“The district foundation grants are so wonderful because you have these great ideas, and then you have a way to finance them,” she said. 

Once the life cycle unit is complete and all chicks have hatched, the chicks will return to the Elk River farm from which the eggs were given. 

“Every kid is super engaged with this,” she said, “pre-K kids through fifth grade are checking in every day and they are so excited about them. It’s brought our whole school community together.”

two students smile at hatching chicks