Make Way for Ducklings After eggsitting for 28 days, kindergarteners get their reward.

It’s an “eggsiting” time of year for kindergarteners! Students have been patiently observing Pekin duck eggs and monitoring their growth. By looking inside the eggs, weighing them, and journaling progress, classes have made interdisciplinary connections to this study that is part of the Kindergarten science curriculum.

Finally, the day they had all been waiting for arrived! The little yellow duck chicks were able to kick off their shells and greet the students, chirping and curious about the world. One kindergartener summed it up, “It was the cutest thing ever, ever!”

Students were able to see the process in action and learn about life cycles. This knowledge is an integral part of the Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Dorian Gemellaro, PreK-6 supervisor of science, explained, “This is science learning at its best: hands-on, real-life, and engaging.”

Students turn to the ducks for inspiration in their writing, and make scientific discoveries, like watching how their webbed feet paddle in doll-sized pools. Students look forward to studying the ducklings even more and learning about the adaptations that benefit them in the wild.

Kindergarten Ducklings. Thank you to Burnet Hill teacher Julie Bachrach for sharing her adorable photos of the ducklings at play.

Livingston Public Schools, Livingston, New Jersey

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Julie Bachrach, Marilyn Joyce Lehren, Livingston Public Schools

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