Stuents love to hunt for those colorful little plastic eggs anytime of the year! Here are the top 5 ways to use plastic Easter eggs in your classroom!
#1: Math: If you are studying multiplication (or any other operation), number the plastic eggs on the outside with a permanent marker. The students have to go around the room and try to find at least 5 eggs. When they find an egg, they write down the number of the egg on a piece of paper, open the egg, solve the problem and then write the answer on their sheet. They put the egg back where they found it, and then find four more eggs. At the end, the teacher will check their answers. The students love it!
#2: Words Their Way: Since it is March, the students have worked with many word patterns. Type up and put various word patterns inside the eggs and hide them around the room. Have the students partner up, and when you say “go” the students have to find an egg, open it, and then write down as many words that fit the pattern. For example, if the pattern is “at” their list might look like this: bat, cat, sat, fat, rat, that, mat, hat…. Set a timer for three minutes, then when it goes off, they have to find another egg and do the same. Play this game for a few rounds and then have the partners share the results with the class and see how long of a list you can make for each word pattern.
#3: Social Studies: This would be a great way to review states and capitols or any other geographical concept. Inside each egg would be the name of the state or a capitol. The students’ job would be to open the egg, and write down what was inside the egg, and then what was missing. This could be a fun activity to do with a partner for review, or for individual assessment as well. You could tie this into any social studies unit you are studying too with vocabulary words and definitions as well.
#4: Reading: Depending on grade level, this could be great practice for reading fluency. You could have short passages typed up, cut out, and put into the plastic eggs. The students would then find an egg, read the passage out loud, and then move on to the next egg. You could use passages from leveled text and even have the eggs color coded by reading level for the students to find their color. There are many variations that you could do with this.
#5: Science: Vocabulary is always difficult in science class. Before a test, this could be a fun way to review. Inside the eggs either put the definition or the vocabulary word. The students’ job would be to open the egg, read the definition or the word, and then write down what is missing on a piece of paper. This could be a fun partner activity, or used for individual assessment as well.
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