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"Incubating Education unit supports my needs as a teacher. It meets education science standard, while providing an effective, student-led format. The unit provides relatable phenomenon for my students with agricultural experiences. Having the incubator in class to follow our chicks development with the lessons actively engages the students and made me a true lifelong learner."

- Emily Hagan, West Feliciana Middle School

School Enrichment





What is Incubating Education?

Incubating Education is a school enrichment program connecting Louisiana agriculture and life science learning together in the classroom for third and eighth grades.


Program Features:

  • Meets or builds towards all Louisiana science standards (NGSS standards as well)
  • Phenomena based and designed using three-dimensional learning
    • Utilizes chicken and alligator comparisons while exploring the real-life, hands-on embryological
  • Intended for use with student-led, inquiry-based teaching pedagogy
  • Incorporation of optional virtual instructional tools for each unit

Eighth Grade Overview

Anchor Phenomenon: Are chickens and alligators related?


8 Lessons with investigations

  • Lesson 1: Embryological Comparisons
    • 8-MS-LS4-2 and 8-MS-LS4-3
  • Lesson 2: Chicken vs. Alligator Hearts
    • 8-MS-LS4-2 and 8-MS-LS4-3
  • Lesson 3: Chicken vs. Alligator Lungs
    • 8-MS-LS4-2 and 8-MS-LS4-3
  • Lesson 4: Homologous Structures
    • 8-MS-LS4-2 and 8-MS-LS4-3
  • Lesson 5: Beak Evolution
    • 8-MS-LS4-2 and 8-MS-LS4-3 and 8-MS-LS4-6
  • Lesson 6: Natural Selection
    • 8-MS-LS1-4 and 8-MS-LS1-5 and 8-MS-LS4-6
  • Lesson 7: Mutations
    • 8-MS-LS3-1 and 8-MS-LS1-5
  • Lesson 8: Cladograms
    • 8-MS-LS4-1 and 8-MS-LS4-2 and 8-MS-LS4-4

Incubating Education Eighth Grade Unit Overview

Third Grade Overview

Anchor Phenomenon: Why are there different colored chickens and different colored eggs?


Driving Questions:

  • What do chickens need to survive?
    • 3-LS4-3 and 3-LS3-2
  • Why do chickens build nests?
    • 3-LS4-3 and 3-LS3-2
  • Why are their different colored chickens?
    • 3-LS4-3 and 3-LS3-1 and 3-LS4-2
  • Why do chickens live in groups?
    • 3-LS2-1 and 3-LS4-2
  • How can we tell before a chicken hatches what it will look like?
    • 3-LS1-1 and 3-LS3-1 and 3-LS4-2




Incubating Education Third Grade Embryology Unit Overview

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