Supplemental material for the National 4-H curriculum, Hatching, Grades 2-5, Helper
Teacher Virtual/In Person
Age Ages 7-10
Category Elementary

Curriculum Summary:

The National 4-H Embryology Hatching helper’s guide uses the experiential learning model to teach children to pick and count chicks, use an incubator, and build a brooder. Skills learned are observing, comparing, measuring, and communicating. This book walks youth through the growing processes inside eggs as the embryo grows. 

These materials on this website have been developed by North Carolina 4-H to enhance, enrich, and extend the lessons in the National 4-H curriculum, 4-H Embryology: Hatching. You can purchase your copy of the 4-H Embryology: Hatching student guide book at Shop4-H.


Next Generation Science Standards:

3-LS1-1: Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

3-LS3-1: Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

4-LS1-1: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.


North Carolina Essential Science Standards: 

2.L.1.1 Summarize the life cycle of animals:

  • Birth
  • Developing into an adult
  • Reproducing
  • Aging and death

2.L.1.2 Compare life cycles of different animals such as, but not limited to, mealworms, ladybugs, crickets, guppies or frogs.

2.L.2.1 Identify ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble their parents in observed appearance and ways they are different.

2.L.2.2 Recognize that there is variation among individuals that are related.

4.L.1.1 Give examples of changes in an organism’s environment that are beneficial to it and some that are harmful.

4.L.1.2 Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment.

4.L.1.4 Explain how differences among animals of the same population sometimes give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing in changing habitats.

Age range:

Grade level: 2nd – 5th Grades

Life Skills:

  • Planning and Organizing
  • Keeping Records
  • Teamwork
Hatching cover

This title is available for purchase through National 4-H.