Last fall, the 2nd, and 3rd-grade classes incubated 12 eggs in hopes they would all hatch.  Eight of the eggs did and are now healthy, growing chickens.  We tied the project to math, reading, science, and SEL standards.  The students were responsible for maintaining the habitats inside the incubator as well as in a brooder pen after hatching.  While exploring the life cycle of a chicken, students collected data during the 21-day incubation period, made predictions and graphs, monitored and charted the temperature and humidity, wrote informative paragraphs, and participated in many conversations while observing and comparing, and contrasting the chicks.  The students learned how to gently care for the fragile chicks from soon after they hatched until they were old enough to move to the country.