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Lee County 4-H 4th Grade Embryology Program (Temporary)


4-H Embryology School Enrichment is a program offered through Lee County 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The mission of 4-H Embryology School Enrichment program is to provide high quality experiential learning opportunities. The 4-H Embryology School Enrichment Program addresses many of the Public Schools science and math competency-based curriculum objectives. This program is usually provided to the 3rd grade classrooms in Lee County in the spring, however, last fall this program became a casualty of the uncertainty that occurred when schools went virtual at the same time we were planning our embryology teacher trainings.


  • Offer to the current 4th graders who missed out in 3rd grade 2020 spring semester.
  • Increase student knowledge through hands on learning opportunities in areas of science and math
  • Provide experiential learning in the incubation, hatching and brooding of chicks
  • Students will demonstrate skills and knowledge mastered from this experience


The following options are available to Lee County teachers:

  • Virtually trained teachers will facilitate the 4-H Embryology Program in their classrooms. Instructions will be given on pre-hatch, incubation and post-hatch procedures during the TBD scheduled training session.
  • Lee 4-H will offer live sessions on pre-hatch, incubation and post-hatch procedures. A live camera will be available for daily check-ins. Teachers will facilitate the classroom/at home learning
  • Lee 4-H will offer live sessions on pre-hatch, incubation and post-hatch procedures. A live camera will be available for daily check-ins. Lee 4-H can provide virtual content to facilitate classroom/at home learning.

In all scenarios students will study the formation, early growth and development of chicken in their eggs. If your classroom intends to do live hatching, you will receive chicken eggs, an incubator, teacher’s curriculum, and a thermometer. Within 48 hours after hatching, the birds will be collected. An evaluation will also be given to help determine the benefits of the program.


The Embryology Training will be held on (date TBD) via Zoom. The training is free of charge, and each teacher will receive all of the necessary information and supplies at or after the training. If your classroom will be hatching eggs our plan is to have the eggs ready to pass out to you on the day of the training. Please call 775-5624 to register for the project. We look forward to working with everyone in the 2020/2021 school year!


Conduct scientific inquiry, Ask questions about objects, organisms and events in the environment, Plan and conduct a simple investigation, Use simple equipment and tools to gather data, Use data to construct a reasonable explanation, Communicate investigations and explanations, The characteristics of organisms, Organisms have basic needs. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met, Each animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival and reproduction, The behavior of individual organisms is influenced by internal cues and by external cues, Life cycles of organisms, Animals have life cycles including birth, maturation, reproduction and death, Animals closely resemble their parents, Organisms and their environments, All animals depend on plants, Some animals eat plants for food. Other animals eat animals that eat the plants, An organism’s patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism’s environment, including the kinds and numbers of other organisms present, the availability of food, resources and the physical characteristics of the environment, Abilities of technological design Identify a simple problem, Propose a solution, Implement proposed solutions, Evaluate a product or design, Communicate a problem, design and solution.