your first EGG-tivity! Following is a basket full
of additional cross-curriculum activities. Many are Internet-based, but
your students needn't be hooked up to be part of this EGGS-citing learning
- Students draw and read maps that lead to hidden eggs. (Grades K-8)
Fun - A
hands-on "eggs-periment" teaches about density. Plus 10 more
egg experiments! (Grades Pre K-8)
- Use egg-based paints to make an "eggs-ceptionally" colorful
window display. (Grades Pre K-12)
Math With Jelly Eggs
- Jelly eggs (or jellybeans) help teach estimation, place value, graphing,
rounding, computation, and probability. (Grades 3-12)
egg cartons by turning them into "eggs-quisite" art! (Grades
Classic "Egg-Drop" Activity - You've probably heard
all about this classic egg activity -- or seen it in action! The idea
behind the "Egg Drop" is to create a "package" that
will protect a raw egg when it's dropped from a height of 8 feet (or
whatever height you decide).
students to bring in from home any materials that they might use
in fashioning a protective cushion for their egg. Students can work
individually or in pairs to create their egg containers. You'll
be fascinated by the interesting contraptions your students come
might place restrictions on the size of a container.
Once constructed, students are ready to "drop" their eggs
from the appointed height.
helpful hint: Spread a plastic tarp over the spot where eggs will
land to protect the floor or ground.
a bouncing egg! - Using this science experiment from
ERIC's lesson plan archives. Experiment description: A chicken's
egg is enclosed by a shell that has a high calcium content. If a
raw egg (shell still intact) is placed in a glass of vinegar, a
reaction takes place. The acetic acid in the vinegar will dissolve
the eggshell and the egg will bounce. The reaction will begin immediately
when the egg is placed in the vinegar but will not be complete for
two or three days. After two or three days, the egg will survive
a drop of four to five inches.
grades.) Use the Egg
Fun exercise from the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science
Learning Coalition to learn about some of the properties of an egg.
Among the principles learned:
may look like they are the same size, but they aren't . We can
measure the vertical and horizontal lines of eggs to see just
how big they are.
Eggshells are porous so that air can get in and out of the egg.
Many objects roll. Eggs roll and wobble in such a way so that
they don't travel very far and so they stay near the mother hen
Arts and Art
fun with words that begin with the "ex" letter combination,
which (when eggs-agerated) sounds like "eggs" in words such
as eggs-cited, eggs-traordinary, and eggs-asperated. Provide students
with large, egg-shaped sheets of white paper. Students use cut paper,
crayons, and other art materials to create a character for one of
their favorite ex words. The character's appearance should in some
way "eggs-plain" the word. For example, the egg-shaped character
named "eggs-hale" might be wearing a track uniform and be
breathing heavily after a long race. The "eggs-pensive"
character might be decked out in jewels and driving a Corvette convertible
aloud to students the Aesop fable The
Goose With the Golden Eggs. (The whole fable is only
a paragraph long.) Invite students to talk about the lesson this famous
fable teaches. While you're at it, you might want to read more Aesop's
fables from this site. You might even invite kids to
write their own lesson fables.
aloud - Three books about eggs are among the best-known and
-loved children's books. Choose one to read aloud, or read all three
Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss turns 50 easy words into
magic in this time-honored classic in which Sam-I-Am mounts a determined
campaign to convince another Seuss character to eat a plate of green
eggs and ham. (Be sure to check out teacher Paula White's Dr. Seuss
Booktable for classroom follow-up activities for this book, Horton
Hatches the Egg, Scrambled Eggs Super, and other Dr. Seuss books!)
Eggs by Patricia Polacco. Babushka, known for her exquisite
hand-painted eggs, finds Rechenka, a wounded goose, and takes her
home. When she's ready to try her wings again, Rechenka accidentally
breaks all of Babushka's lovingly crafted eggs. But the next morning
Babushka awakens to a miraculous surprise.
by Oliver Butterworth, illustrated by Louise Darling. Nate,
a 12-year-old boy living in New Hampshire, takes over the care of
an enormous egg laid by one of the family's hens, and the last thing
he expects to hatch from it is a triceratops!
Studies - Students can learn about the traditional Easter eggs
of the Ukraine, called pysansky, on numerous Web sites. (Note: Rechenka's
Eggs, one of the books in the previous activity is a perfect introduction
to these spectacular eggs.) Students might check out
Pysanky Ukrainian Eggs, which includes the history of Ukrainian
Easter eggs and details about how the eggs are made.
Students in grades 4 and up will enjoy creating Ukrainian Easter
eggs using ERIC's the A
Delicate Art - Egg Decorating lesson plan. A raw egg, two dyes,
and a white wax crayon are required materials. For younger students:
Invite students to use a piece of wax to draw a picture or write
a message on a sheet of drawing paper. Then students use watercolor
paint to color the paper. Their pictures appear magically!
- Use some Student
Egg Recipes to create dishes such as scrambled eggs, fried eggs,
eggs-in-a-poke, and eggwich.
Problems - (Intermediate grades.) Enjoy mixing eggs and math
with the following problems from the Ask
Dr. Math Web site.
a chicken and a half lays an egg and a half in a day and a half,
how long does it take to get a dozen eggs? (See
are 10 children going on an Easter egg hunt. Every child finds 10
eggs. Suddenly a mean child steals one egg from each child. How
many eggs are left? (See
an egg weighs 20 grams and half an egg, what does an egg and a half
your math problems.
High School Math Problems - This puzzle comes from The
Grey Labyrinth site: One December morning after a particularly
heavy snowstorm, the power fails. Fortunately, there is still an
old wood stove with which you can prepare most of the professors'
breakfasts. However one eccentric mathematics professor with a great
deal of power and influence at the institute has a peculiar breakfast
item which now poses a problem. He likes a single egg boiled for
exactly nine minutes. You aren't wearing your watch, and all the
clocks in the building are electric. You are able to find two exquisite
hourglasses, able to precisely measure in hand-crafted swiss sand
seven and four minutes respectively. How quickly using only these
two hourglasses can you provide the professor with his egg? (See
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