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Billings teacher using chicks to teach students life skills

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Orchard Elementary teacher Kailey Roberts is this week's One Class at a Time winner (MTN News photo) Orchard Elementary teacher Kailey Roberts is this week's One Class at a Time winner (MTN News photo)

They have a curiosity for animals, and they love science.  

Now one Billings elementary teacher is on a mission to expose the curiosity of her students to the world of agriculture where they will learn how chickens actually hatch.

That's why Orchard Elementary third grade teacher Kailey Roberts is this week's One Class at a Time recipient of a $300 grant from Q2 and First Interstate Bank.

Roberts said the grant will be used to purchase an egg incubator that will benefit not only her students but the entire school so they can practice their math, science, social and emotional skills.

“In third grade we have really been working on building a classroom community and what does that mean, and how do you put the needs of others above yourself? We’ve learned about selflessness, and I think dealing with eggs that are such delicate little creatures, you really have to put their needs above your own,” said Roberts. 

She said students will learn the science behind the hatching process of the chicks.

“If you’re out of control, you can bump the eggs and they could crack, so you really have to put their needs above your own. And flipping the eggs every day to make sure that they all survive, so it will be a big test in responsibility,” said Roberts.

To start, Roberts said they will get to measure the eggs, record, observe and hypothesize the chicks.  

But it doesn't stop there. Like any good parent, the students will learn how to nurture and take care of the chicks as well as follow their growth.

If you know of a teacher with a great classroom idea and needs some extra funds, please let us know. 

You can find the application right here on our website under the community tab.

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