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"Eggs-treme" Egg Hunt



  • Social Studies


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8

Brief Description

Students draw and read maps that lead to hidden eggs.


Students will

  • correctly read a map of the classroom or playground.
  • accurately draw a map identifying the location of two eggs hidden in the classroom or on the playground.


egg, map, hunt, Easter, geography

Materials Needed

  • plastic eggs -- the kind found in many stores around Easter; the kind that can be opened up to put a message inside
  • a simple map of the playground or classroom (for younger students only)

Lesson Plan

Before the Lesson
In this lesson, students work in pairs. Students hide eggs and then create maps to help their partners find the eggs. Decide before the lesson whether to do the activity in the classroom or on the playground. If you teach young students, create a simple outline map of the classroom or playground for students to use. Older students create their own maps.

The Lesson
Arrange students into pairs. Provide each student with two eggs -- the small plastic eggs that come apart so you can put a message inside them. Have each student write his or her name on two slips of paper and put one of the name slips inside each egg.

Invite one student from each pair to hide his/her partner's eggs and create a map identifying exactly where the two eggs are hidden. (If students are hiding the eggs outside, have a teacher or an aide go with students as they hide the eggs; that person can also check students' maps for accuracy. If hiding the eggs in the classroom, have one member of each pair into the hallway while his or her partner hides the eggs and draws a map.)

When the eggs are hidden, the "egg hider and map drawer" gives his or her partner the map detailing exactly where the eggs are hidden. The "egg hunter" uses the map to find the eggs with his or her name in them. The first egg hunter to find both of his or her eggs is the winner.

Then have the two partners reverse roles. The egg hider becomes the egg hunter. The egg hunter hides his or her partner's eggs and draws a map to them.

Lesson Note: If you think students need map-reading practice, before doing the above activity, assign each pair of students a number, place that number inside the students' four eggs, and then provide each pair of students with a map to their eggs. Have the partners work together to read the map and find the eggs with their number inside. The "practice" activity demonstrates for students how an accurate map can help them find the eggs in the follow-up hide and seek activity.


Students will draw an accurate map to the locations of their partner's "hidden" eggs.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

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