Tomorrow I'm taking our chicks into my classroom. Several weeks ago our family got four little chicks, temporarily. We do a CSA through the summer and the farm offers chicks as well. This year we went for it. We got four chicks (apparently they are very social animals so you have to take at least four), some food, and Farmer Bob's booklet about caring for them. Next weekend we will return them to the farm (where I believe they will live long lives providing eggs, so don't disillusion me). They are quickly becoming chickens and we can't have those at our home, both for legal reasons and our sanity.
I know my first graders will love having the chicks visit. I chose a Monday because it's a short day so the chicks won't disrupt learning as much as they might on another day. In addition, I hope that the students will be excited enough about the chicks to want to write about them this week.
My oldest daughter, a second grader, has been writing about them on a blog. Lots of wonderful friends have left her comments and she is loving it. I want my students to see that and to see the excitement. Then maybe they will write about the chicks (or other things) for our school newspaper.