Travel Theme: Close Up: It’s Time for Chickens

It’s a great time of year.  It’s chicken time:

ISO 200 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/30

ISO 200 50mm 0ev f/6.3 1/30

These eggs are part of a life cycle unit that a friend of mine who is second grade teacher teaches this time of year.  It is getting close to the end of the year, so it is harder to keep the kid’s attention as the weather get nicer.  This unit however, is fascinating, and a highlight of the second grade school year.

So, this is one of my first photos of this year.  The next step will be for these eggs to go into incubators.  As you can tell, there will be a variety of chickens hatching this year.  This is, in part, to show the kids the diversity that can exist among a species.  The chickens that hatch will eventually go to local farms.

You may wonder why I chose this for this week’s travel theme, close up. It’s my opinion that education should make you wonder about the world around you when you are young so that when you are old enough you can go out exploring on your own.  Projects like this one help bring that larger world close-up in a tangible way.  In a less direct connection to the travel theme perhaps,  I think it is good for the kids to see a part of how their food chain works close up. Often, I think, food just appears in front of them without any real discussion of how it got there. If there is to be a lovely natural world for them to explore as adults, I think it is important for them to be informed of where their food is coming from.

I’m pretty “egg”cited about this project, so there will be more posts as the unit progresses.  Feel free to drop by again to check for updates, your comments are welcome below.

Cheers!

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26 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Close Up: It’s Time for Chickens

  1. This close-up photo of the eggs took me back in time to my childhood. I remembered as a 5-6 year old in Melbourne, my pre-school teachers thought me and my class how to draw happy faces on eggs and I still remember the eggs smiling back at me :) I love how you say that we can travel the world through education. Very creative interpretation.

      • Me too, I believe a good education from a young age is a must, and I think further studies is great too. Maybe that’s why I’ve always been attracted to working in education, be it in administration or research.

        Your photo was quite out of the ordinary, I think, and hence my fun memory :)

  2. how egg-citing – haha liked your play on that word and well said –
    “Projects like this one help bring that larger world close-up in a tangible way.”
    have a nice day! :)

  3. I think you got what education is all about – in an eggshell! (Wincing – right now, but someone had to say it? Right?) Jokes aside, contributing to that sense of wonder in kids must be a very rewarding thing.

  4. What a fun activity for the kids … and a creative opportunity for you. Eggs do take me back to my teen years when we lived in farm country. My folks bought their eggs fresh from a farm. What a treat that was. I look forward to the creative process you’ll pursue, Amy. ;-)

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