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To Lay or not to Lay – What makes a hen happy?

year 3

SUBJECTS

Science

Overview

This lesson introduces the concept that living things can be grouped according to factors affecting reproduction. Students will predict physical and environmental variables connected to the reproductive output of a hen’s unfertilised eggs.

Upon completion of this lesson students will demonstrate a basic understanding of:

  • The structure of an egg in relation to the development of a chick
  • How animals can be grouped into categories based on their physical features and survival needs
  • The physical and environmental factors affecting a hen’s ability to lay an egg
  • Cause and effect of factors in relation to: animal welfare; supply and demand
  • How to form predictions based on the analysis of an animal’s natural behaviour versus changed environments

Resources and Materials:

  • Interactive whiteboard
  • www.allabouteggs.com.au
  • 1 x egg, plate and gloves
  • Picture or name cards of different animals

Language/Vocabulary: 
Lighting, health, source, farmer, hen, chicken, eggs, feed, collect, raise, healthy, vitamins, minerals, protein, nutrients, produce, stored, location, temperature, reproduction, nutrition, albumen, yolk, environment, welfare, anatomy, physical, germinal disc, embryo, and fertilisation. 

Higher Order Thinking Skills (Bloom's Taxonomy):

  • Knowledge
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis

Extension/Open-Ended Questions: 
What would happen to the egg industry if the life of a hen was compromised during egg farming? What would happen to people’s consumption of eggs?

 

SCIENCE (BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES):

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)

SCIENCE (SCIENCE AS A HUMAN ENDEAVOUR):

Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050)

CROSS-CURRICULUM PRIORITIES:

Sustainability