Lesson 6: Building a Home ‘Tweet Home
These materials are designed to enhance Lesson 6: Building a Home ‘Tweet’ Home. Youth consider how to best meet a chick’s food, water, and shelter needs as they prepare a brooder box.
- What do chicks need to grow and thrive once they have hatched?
- Planning and Organizing
Hatching and Brooder Box
NC State University Poultry Extension Specialist Dr. Mary Fosnaught demonstrates how to plan and construct a basic brooder box. This video is aimed at facilitators.
Chick Chat with Mr. Mason:
Building a Brooder Box
Youth can join 4-H Agent Mason Lawrence and his assistant Brandon to build a basic brooder box.
From Embryo to Chick:
Building a Home Tweet Home
Youth can join 4-H Agent Victoria Brewer in Chatham County, NC and the Livestock Conservancy to build a basic brooder box that can house newly hatched chicks.
Home Tweet Home:
Real Estate Advertisement
Incorporate writing and art with this PDF. Youth pretend that they are real estate agents trying to sell space in a brooder box of their own design.
Chicks in Space: Facilitator Directions
In this lesson, youth explore the idea of “area” using a nonstandard measurement called a “Chickspace”. Templates are included.
Chicks in Space: Youth Directions
Youth can record their ideas as they measure different containers and decide which ones are the most appropriate to use for a brooder box.
Youth can build on the technical vocabulary they learned in Lesson 3.
(Online Game Coming Soon)
Youth can build on the technical vocabulary they learned in Lesson 3 by using this online game.
Do you know what causes the color of a chicken’s egg? This reading passage explains how chickens lay such a rainbow of egg colors.
Estimated reading level: 700L/Grades 2-3
Lesson 7: Counting the Chicks
These materials are designed to enhance Lesson 7: Counting the Chicks. Youth will explore line symmetry and multi-step problem solving using arrays.
- How do chicken keepers use math?
- Learning to Learn
- Critical Thinking
Egg Carton Problem Set
Facilitator guidelines to assist instructors in teaching youth how to conceptualize multiplication and division up to 5×5 using the array method.
Egg Carton Problem Set
Utilizing the array model, youth can fill out this form to exercise their understanding of the concept.
Facilitator’s Guide: This activity uses the traditional art of pysanky, or “egg writing”, to explore the geometric concept of symmetry. The activity includes a short reading passage and an egg-shaped template that youth can use to create a symmetrical design of their own. Read-aloud suggestions are also provided.
Youth Guide: What do eggs, art, and math have in common? Learn about Ukranian psyanky (pih-zin-key) and find out. Then try your hand at making your own designs.
Lesson 8: Caring and Handling
These materials are designed to enhance Lesson 8: Caring and Handling. Youth learn proper animal handling safety procedures, including hand washing for disease prevention.
- How do farmers protect themselves and their chicks from disease or injury?
- Relating to Others
Cleaning the Incubator
NC State University Poultry Extension Specialist Dr. Mary Fosnaught demonstrates how to properly clean an incubator and techniques to prevent the spread of disease. This video is aimed at facilitators.
Spark! Video on Handwashing
Youth can learn about handwashing by watching the above video.
Never Kiss a Chicken Poem
Youth learn about Salmonella and Salmonella prevention in this short poem.
Lesson 9: Eggsploring Careers
These materials are designed to enhance Lesson 9: Eggsploring Careers. Youth will learn about a variety of careers related to the poultry industry.
- What jobs might I want to do when I grow up?
- Developing Teamwork
I Am / Who Is
Facilitator’s guide for how to teach youth how to play I Am / Who Is.
I Am / Who Is
Printout PDF copy of I Am / Who Is.
This PDF helps youth organize their ideas and reflect on their learning when they have a class speaker or take a field trip to a farm.
Thank You! (Template A)
This PDF acts as a graphic organizer for youth to write a thoughtful thank-you letter for class speakers or field trip hosts. Select the Template that best meets the needs of your youth.
Thank You! (Template B)
This PDF has a simplified version of the graphic organizer in Template A and includes space for youth to illustrate their ideas. Select the Template that best meets the needs of your youth.
Career interviews with Braswell Family Farms
Mill Operations Analyst, Jackie Bunch
Transportation Manager, Tracey Tyson
Live Operations Manager, Jonathan LaFoe
This curriculum is produced by National 4-H and can be located at shop4-h.org. The activities on this page are designed to enhance and work with the curriculum, they are not a substitute for the book content.