The Ducklings are Here!
The Ducks are Coming!
Spring has finally arrived at Hawthorne Elementary School and with it comes warm weather, outdoor recess and most importantly… ducklings! As is the tradition every year, second grade students have the opportunity to incubate eggs for several weeks in their classrooms and observe the fascinating process of watching a duck develop from an embryo into a duckling.
Thanks to the efforts of second grade teacher Gina Carmody, several classrooms have the chance to host the incubators. Eggs are delivered at the beginning of May from several different farms around the country. Throughout the 28 day process, students can use a special device called a “candler” to shine light through the egg which enables them to see what is going on inside. This year, students designed and built their own candlers using common household items and a light source. The class worked together to test which designs worked best and why. During their testing, students took detailed notes about the development of each egg to determine which eggs were viable. They are hoping that all eggs will successfully hatch.
While having the eggs in the classroom is exciting, the children are most eagerly anticipating the day when the ducklings finally break free of their shells and can waddle around the classroom. The second grade wing is sure to be filled with sounds of quacking ducks and happy children...a sure sign of Spring!