From Egg to Chick
A  WebQuest for Grades 3 - 4 (An Embryology Unit), WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University



An animal is an organism.  All organisms have life cycles, but not all organisms have the same life cycle.  From Egg to Chick is the study of a part of the life cycle of a chicken.  Chickens develop in an egg, then hatch from the egg (chick).  Birds have life cycles that begin with growth inside an egg with a hard shell.  Baby birds can hatch at different stages of development.  When a baby Robin hatches it is naked (no feathers), is blind, cannot walk, and its parents must feed it so it will live.  A baby chick hatches with soft down (not feathers), is able to see, and it is able to walk, eat and drink by itself shortly after hatching.

Your task is to learn the parts of a fresh egg and how a chick develops or grows inside of the shell of an egg until it is ready to hatch!

1.  Use the internet resources that are listed below and read any available books located in your school library about the life cycle of the chick. 

2.  Print this graphic organizer. Use your research information to complete an animal  organizer (sequence or cycle of events) that describes any 7 days in the 21-day development of the chick embryo.

3.  Use the diagram your teacher gives you to label 8 parts of a fresh chicken egg. Your teacher will break a fresh egg into a flat dish to help you identify the parts of an egg.  Discuss this activity with your classmates. Were the parts as easy to identify in the fresh egg as they were in the drawing of an egg? 

4.  Print this page. Color and label an egg with a 10-day-old chick.

5. Read about the importance of temperature in the development of the chick embryo. The teacher will give you a picture of a thermometer like those used to read the temperature during incubation. Answer the given questions.

6. Your teacher will give you a page with several thermometers on it.  Color the mercury in the thermometer red to identify the temperature setting for each area listed below each thermometer.  Answer the temperature questions.

7.   Use all the information you have gathered to help you prepare a one page written report  telling about eggs and the development of the chick. You may include pictures.

8.  Learn about animal characteristics of chickens and chicks. Print the table on this page and answer the questions about animal classification.

GREAT! You have successfully completed the study of the development of the chick, an animal organism, that begins it's life cycle inside the hard shell of an egg.  


Rubric For Graphic Organizer and Written Plan

3 pts.
2 pts.
1 pts.
0 pts.
Life Cycle Graphic Organizer
Organizer includes and/or answers all the stages of the life cycle of the chicken accurately.
 Organizer includes and/or answers most of the life cycle stages accurately. Organizer includes and/or answers few life cycle stages accurately. No attempt at including life cycle stages.
Fresh Egg
Diagram uses all embryology terms appropriately. Diagram uses most embryology terms appropriately.  Embryology terms are used inappropriately. No evidence of terms. 
10-Day Old Chick Diagram uses all embryology terms appropriately. Diagram uses most embryology terms appropriately.  Embryology terms are used inappropriately. No evidence of terms. 
Read Thermometer All questions completed correctly. At least 2 questions answered correctly. Only 1 question answered correctly. No attempt.
Compare Thermometers All questions completed correctly. At least 5 questions answered correctly. At least 3 questions answered correctly. Two or fewer questions answered correctly.
Written Report Well organized, clearly written with no spelling or grammatical errors. Organized, clearly written with some spelling and/or grammatical errors. Unorganized, poorly written with numerous spelling and/or grammatical errors.  No attempt. 


Click here and then click on the "each day" under Chicken Embryo.

Click here and then drag your mouse across the picture to see a chick hatch.

Click here to see a virtual farm tour.

Chickens from Eggs

Chicks Hatching

Life Cycle of a Chicken

About Birds

Listen to Baby Chicks

Hear a Rooster Crow



This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant.  The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin.  Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S.


Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only.  No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau.



This page was developed by the late Barbara Irwin, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau.
Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau