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The science department at PPMS would like to extend the learning experiences of our students by incorporating a chicken coop. Earlier this year, someone donated an incubator. Another party donated fertilized chicken eggs, and we recently hatched our first clutch of baby chickens. My science students were incredibly interested and inspired by the incubating and hatching process. Many students had never witnessed such an event. They are begging for a chicken coop and more eggs.

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JCRFF- Investigating Chickens!!

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School:
Pinellas Park Middle School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Laura Celli 
Students Impacted:
600 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
February 27, 2014

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Jan Chase Rutz Fund within Community Foundation at Tampa Bay - $499.94

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Goal

The science department at PPMS would like to extend the learning experiences of our students by incorporating a chicken coop. Earlier this year, someone donated an incubator. Another party donated fertilized chicken eggs, and we recently hatched our first clutch of baby chickens. My science students were incredibly interested and inspired by the incubating and hatching process. Many students had never witnessed such an event. They are begging for a chicken coop and more eggs.  

 

What will be done with my students

Students will conduct scientific investigations by collecting data on the incubating eggs and chicks. This activity will directly align with the Nature of Science and Life Science lessons. Students will also be asked to write about their experiences with the chickens and read about various means to maintain their health. Students will take turns caring for the chickens' needs and data will be collected to ensure their health. 

 

Benefits to my students

This project is beneficial in so many ways. First, being from an urban area, many students have never observed a chicken in person. It is vital that students residing in the city educate themselves about common animals and sources of food. Students will be held accountable for caring for these animals and ensuring their needs are being met by analyzing health data. Eventually, we would like to fund the upkeep of this project by selling the eggs collected from our chickens. 

 

Describe the Students

Over 80% of our student population qualify for our Free or Reduced lunch program. This means our school has Title I status. 25% of my students have an IEP and ESE services. Several of my students have never been out of Pinellas county, or even to the beach just 3 miles away due to financial concerns. Our school is also very diverse as many of the students here are English language learners.  

 

Budget Narrative

We have a fenced off are in the back of our school. The chicken coop described above is perfect size for our purposes. The fencing and food can be replenished with my personal funds at first, then by the sale of eggs.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Chicken coop from chickensaloon.com $399.95
2 Chicken food 25lb $19.99
3 Chicken wire $80.00
  Total: $499.94

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