All About Chickens – Life Cycle of a Chicken Lesson Plan Unit

Who can resist an adorable chick? This nonfiction Life Cycle of a Chicken lesson plan unit is filled with activities to teach your students all about chickens, hens, roosters, and chicks. Students will work on the reading informational text standards. I love to learn about chickens in the Spring as we discuss how the weather changes and how many animal babies are born. It is also great to teach during the week of Easter without touching on the holiday. This unit includes a printable mini reader that will teach them all about chickens with a matching colorful book with real photos. This real book can be projected via the digital Google link, downloaded as a PowerPoint, or shared as a pdf. You could even print it and put it in your classroom library. There are so many fun comprehension activities to complete after you read the story. You could do the included research project, make one of the three fun chick crafts, or complete the word work and writing activities. There are loads of goodies in this resource to become chicken experts.


What’s included in this Life Cycle of a Chicken lesson plan unit:

Colorful Posters:

  • Schema, New Learning, Misconceptions
  • Can, Have, Are
  • K, W, L
  • 16 vocabulary cards with real photos-4 per page

Comprehension Activities:

  • My Schema
  • 13-page mini reader (copy 2 per page) with table of contents, glossary, headings, and bold-faced words
  • Learned/Questions I still have
  • Nonfiction text features hunt
  • Digging for Details
  • Fact and Details 2 pages
  • Clarify Meaning
  • Headings
  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary
  • Caption
  • Label
  • Text Connections
  • 2 Facts I learned 2 pages
  • Wondered/Learned
  • Adaptations

Word Work:

  • ABC Order
  • Word Search
  • Making Words
  • Syllables
  • Punctuation
  • Survey
  • Fact vs. Opinion


  • Fill in the blank 2 pages
  • Can, have, are
  • Opinion prewriting and writing
  • Informative prewriting and writing
  • 3 Facts I learned

Chicken Report:

  • Table of Contents
  • Animal Group
  • Habitat
  • Babies
  • Lifecycle
  • Food
  • Label 2 options
  • Fun Facts
  • Photo Album
  • About the Author


  • Rooster Craft
  • Chick Craft
  • Chick in an egg Craft
  • Letters that spell “chick this out” 4 per page

Colorful Informative book in Google or download as PPT to share with the class. It matches the mini-book but includes real photos.

You might also like my Chickens True or False Google Slides Activity

©Megan Mitchell