Looking for a teaching theme to welcome spring? Toss eggs into the curriculum mix. Eggs can be used to teach skills in math, geography, science and art. Included: Five lessons.
Did you know that the average American consumes more than 20 dozen eggs a year? (That figure is down from more than 400 eggs a year in 1945!) Did you know that U.S. farms produced more than 73 billion eggs last year? Do you know which five states produce the most eggs? You can learn those facts and more on the U.S. Egg Industry Fact Sheet from the American Egg Board.
No question about it! Eggs are an important part of our modern diet. They also can be used to teach a wide variety of curriculum areas.
The five lessons below, and the lessons listed in the endbar at the bottom of this article, are a great starting point for using eggs to teach lessons across the curriculum.
While you're at it, how about tossing in a little egg history? You can do that by reading aloud the White House Easter Egg Roll History and asking questions to test students' listening comprehension.
This week, Education World provides five Easter and egg-themed lessons. Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)
Extreme Egg Hunt
Students draw and read maps that lead to hidden eggs. (Grades K-8)
A hands-on experiment teaches about density. Plus 10 more egg experiments! (Grades Pre K-8)
Use egg-based paints to make a 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-Carton Art Exhibit
Recycle egg cartons by turning them into art! (Grades Pre-K-8)
Following are a few more lesson ideas: