a journal prompts on small slips of paper and put each one in an egg. Have each student pick an egg and write about
what ever prompt he or she gets. Create your own, or print off some of these 200 prompts terrific writing prompts.
a different math problem on small slips of paper and put one in each egg. Make
sure each answer is different. Have each
student pick an egg and solve his or her problem and write it on a personal
whiteboard or a piece of paper. Then the students must form a line from the
smallest answer to the largest. This would be particularly challenging using
fractions. The game can be played again simply by having the students return
their math problems to their eggs and redistributing the eggs.
synonyms on different slips of paper. The synonyms can be in pairs or you could
use several synonyms (for example, big, huge, gigantic, vast, enormous etc.). Each
student takes an egg and draws a picture to represent his or her synonym. Then students walk around the room holding their pictures. The
challenge is for the students to use their pictures to find their matching
synonyms. No talking allowed. Here is a good synonym resource. This could
also be done with antonyms.
each student write down one interesting fact about him or herself that is not
widely known and put it in an egg. Redistribute the eggs and either have each
student try to find the person whose fact he or she has, or have students take
turns reading the facts out loud and guessing who the person who wrote it is.
This last one is probably better in a smaller group.
small groups or pairs, experiment rolling eggs down an inclined plane. What
happens if you put something (or several things) inside the egg? Hypothesize
about what might happen. Test the hypothesis. Draw conclusions. Compare results
each student bring an egg home and fill it with exactly ten of the same small
objects (beans, paperclips, pennies etc.). The objects must make a noise when
the egg is shaken. Group the students into pairs and have each one guess what
is in his or her partner’s egg by shaking it and by asking yes or no questions.
When everyone is done, discuss what kinds of questions worked the best. Give
everyone a different partner and try the game again. This would make a fun introduction to inference.
a different number of coins in each egg and have each student pick an egg. In
the first round, each student counts his or her change. In the second round
each student finds a partner and they add their change together to get one
total. In the third round, each pair of students finds another pair and the
four students add their change together to get one total. Continue combining
groups and change until the entire class has added its change together to make
one total – the teacher may need to facilitate the last round or two. Here are more Math Activities.
small groups, have students decorate the eggs to make them into characters in a
story (or part of a story) you are reading. Glue a craft stick to the back of
each one Then have students use the eggs like puppets to act out the story.
Older students love this. Here are some other ways to respond to Literature.
a different math problem on the outside of twelve eggs with a Sharpie. Write
the answer to each problem in the cup parts of an egg carton. Students match
each egg to its answer.
six different color eggs with different amounts of pennies or other objects so
they will all weigh different amounts. The student lines each egg up from
lightest to heaviest, first by picking up each egg and guessing, and then using
a scale to check his or her guesses. Use a recording sheet with six empty eggs
to record guesses.
this project, each student uses twelve eggs to represent different parts of a
book. The student may put a small object in the egg or a picture to represent a
character, setting, important object, or idea. The student decorates an egg
carton to go with the book (being sure to include the title of the book and the
author). You could also have the students each write a few sentences about the
contents of each egg – what it is and why it is important to the story. Here are 15 More Terrific Book Projects.
Two of my awesome teacher friends have freebies using plastic eggs. Check out Sally at Elementary Matters for her Egg-cellent Freebie and Teachers Pay Teachers for Easter Egg Showdown by Laura Candler!