A City for Wildlife

This project was available to children ages 4 and up.  Three groups were formed.  Group A was the elementary group (children 1st through 4th)

Group B was the prek group (entering kindergarten)

Group C just introduced to preK

Group B Inquiry:


We began the program by introducing the children to the incubator.  We observed the incubator and compared the eggs inside of it.

In order to find out if the children had any idea of other birds that might be in the incubator, we asked,

What kind of eggs are in the incubator?

20150622_091734The children replied with:

  • Chicken
  • Hen
  • Rooster
  • (we found that because they are so familiar with our chickens at the school, it was hard for them to associate the eggs with another type of bird.)

20150622_091942We began to discuss the types of eggs we are actually incubating.

  • Turkeys
  • Ducks
  • Quail

We placed photographs and the names of the birds on the table for the children to observe and compare.  As we talked we encouraged the children to say what they knew about the birds.

20150622_091332A QUAIL IS….

  • a kind of bird.

As soon as we began to talk about ducks, the children had so much more to say.  Here are some of the comments we heard:


  • a kind of bird.
  • It’s a sea kind of bird.
  • Ducks eat fast.
  • Ducks hatch out of eggs
  • They are different colors.
  • Ducks swim, another child: NO THEY FLOAT!
  • The pond is their home
  • I see ducks in dirty water.

The children began to discuss when the babies would come out of the eggs.  This provided us with an opportunity to discuss incubation periods for different birds.


“How many days do you think it will take for them to hatch?”

  • QUAIL-20 days
  • Turkey-20
  • Duck- 30

Differences in the 3 types of Eggs in the incubator:

  • They are not the same size. They are tiny because those are big and these are small.
  • The quail eggs are white, and the other eggs are a little bit brown and dirty.
  • They look a little dirty because they were in a nest full of sticks and hay.

We wanted to provide the children with as many opportunities to compare and contrast during this project.  This helped the children create a chart together that showed similarities and differences of the birds.


  • All of them can fly.
  • They all have: beaks, feathers, tails, and feet.
  • They are all birds.
  • They all hatch from eggs.


  • The quail has the smaller beak.
  • The quail has a feather on top.
  • The duck is bigger than the quail.
  • A turkey has a long neck and its red.
  • Their feet are not shaped the same.
  • Quail is smaller.
  • Turkey is bigger.
  • The duck is medium.
  • The quail stands upward.


The children are now becoming familiar with the characteristics of BIRDS.  The main characteristics of birds are:

  1. Feathers
  2. Beaks with no teeth
  3. They lay hard-shelled eggs

They are beginning to understand that all 3 of these birds hatch from an egg.

20150622_095633We asked the children which bird they wanted to draw and write about.   And they all agreed on the quail.  We took time to observe the characteristics and to spell the word quail.




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