ChickQuest primer

What do you know about chickens?
Chickens are one of the largest consumers of soybeans! In this unit, students learn about the characteristics of birds and chickens, and how to idenitify different breeds. See teacher background →


# What are the characteristics of chickens?

Students learn about the specific characteristics of chickens.


# What breed is this chick?

Students use a dichotomous key to identify the breed of chicks.


# What is a bird?

Students learn the characteristics of this large family of animals.


Teacher background

Chickens are the most common domesticated animal with a population of over 23 billion, according to some estimates! There are many different breeds that lay eggs that vary in color from white to blue to green to brown. They supply food by laying eggs and providing meat.

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Next gen science standards

Science and engineering practices

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking

Crosscutting concepts

  • Patterns

Disciplinary core ideas/content

  • LS1B Growth and development of organisms
  • LS1D Information processing