The rooster crowing was a big hit when agriculture programs manager Brenda Markley, and farm educator Jordan Rohaley, from Mill Creek Metroparks Farm, visited St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School.
Second-grade students began their "Chick Quest" watching a video about the farming of chickens and eggs in Ohio. They discussed what made an impression on them and learned that eggs are more than a food that supplies us with protein, and13 vitamins and minerals while helping with eyesight and brain development. Eggs are also used in manufacturing of medicine and in pet food. Brenda Markley continued the discussion with how chicken and egg farming contribute to Ohio's economy.
Students enjoyed Markley's props and interactive stations: egg weighing for sizing and grading; 21 days of a fertile egg what does the inside of a fertile egg look like each day of development; science experiments with eggs; and recognizing breeds of chickens. Students were able to observe three live chickens in their classroom and then identify their breeds from a chart.
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Third-grader Alyssa Leskovac gets a hand from Jordan Rohaley of Mill Creek MetroParks Farm as she gets the knack of making homemade butter at StJIHM School in Austintown.
Third-grade students experienced "Happiness is a Cow" during which they learned about a day in the life of a dairy cow that one cow produces 100 glasses of milk a day, and the sequence of events involved in getting milk and other dairy products to their homes. Markley brought an antique butter churn, which the students used to turn cream into butter. Everyone in the classroom then enjoyed fresh butter on saltine crackers.