After Easter I purchased plastic easter eggs from WalMart for very cheap. I want to use these in my classroom but I'm not sure how. I was thinking of having it be something the kids can take to their desks. I was thinking about making some math problems and the rest some sort of language arts activities. I am looking for any ideas anyone may have. I have a third grade classroom this year. Please help!
in the Spring around easter with a spelling objective. I use it as a reward too. (Those that met their reading goal or all Gs in behavior)I tell them their 6 letter word and they have to go find the eggs with those letters. Once they find them they place them in a ziplock bag and they get a prize egg. (made by moms) The bags at the end of the hunt are all ready for next year.
You will have to explain it as a spelling objective to your principal rather than a religious holiday.
The kids love it!
Not sure what you would do on a daily basis with them.
I did a place value sort- I had baskets labeled ones, tens, hundreds, thousands. I put a 4 digit number on each egg, and underlined one digit. Students put them in the right basket. That was for 1/2 grade.
You probably won't be able to use this idea until Easter but the 3rd grade teachers at our school had an Easter Egg Hunt for the students. They divided the students up into teams. Each egg had math problems in them. The students would hunt for the eggs, take them back to the classroom, and solve them as a team. The team that answered the most questions correctly got to claim the title as "Math Champs" or whatever. (I guess they can decide that on their own) They would get some kind of prize or incentive. I thought this was a pretty cool idea. The kids had a blast!
I've used them for students to match up homophones (then they used each work in a sentence & illustrated). The reading specialist used them to do contractions- they matched the contraction on one side with the other that had the two words. The upper grades did something similiar to Sweet Smartie- they put review questions for our state tests in.
I've seen teachers use the plastic easter eggs for making words. You can write rimes on one half of the egg with permanent marker. Then write several onsets on the other half. Kids can twist the two halves to create words.
I use these as a game to practice fact families. Inside each egg, I have construction paper egg with different fact families on it (only 3 numbers). The kids form 2 teams and one person from each team comes up, grabs an egg, and writes all 4 math problems using the fact family given on the board. The 1st person to write the equations properly will get a point. Kids love this and it does help - especially with division! We only play it right before spring break, though.
I use tiny plastic eggs as extra credit. They hold multiplication/division/subtraction problems or drills. They can be done anytime. Regular sized eggs hold a number that goes along with a worksheet. They need to do ne of these a week. The jumbo sized eggs are projects and are done one every quarter. The kids love them and it gives them another way to get practice.
You could make play dough (recipe found easily on Internet) and have kids store it in these eggs. Also, I have put verbs in eggs, and used these for charades. I have also put 'words of the day' in eggs and had kids use these in their daily sentences/journal entry for the day.
I bought plastic eggs a while ago and I put small prizes inside of them. When I see a child showing "egg"cellent behavior, I let them pick out an egg with a prize. They love it because it is a mystery as to what they are going to get. I put little things like erasers, pencil sharpeners, bracelets, bouncy balls, etc. in there.
In the spring when it rains often during recess we do hop around the room. I will put math problems in the egg, students have to hop around the room, get an egg, hop back to their seat and work out the problem. When they are done they put the problem back and hop back to get a new egg. You can also differenate problems by telling students what color(s) they can only get. This is a great way to do a review and get out the energy on a rainy day.
Fill the Easter Eggs with objects, such as pennies, a marker cap, paper clip, buttons, e t... Give it a shake, and have the kids guess what might be inside..this is a great sponge activity. I realize it is for the younger children, but they do love it.
Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas...my kids have outgrown the Easter Bunny and I have bags of plastic eggs that I saved..."just in case". My husband will be very happy to hear that I am bringing these bags to school now!!
silly descriptions, i put basic words (dog, cat, car, dinosaur, ect. (you can make them harder)) one the "big" egg half and adjectives on the other (hairy, scary, silly, smelly, stinky, ect) some crazy combos have resulted, like hairy teeth, and hungry cars.
and matching capitals and states and uppercase to lowercase, and cursive to print
I put an everyday item, such as a balloon, a dime, Pom, etc in the eggs. The students each chose an egg and wrote 4 descriptive clues about the item in the egg. All eggs were returned and each student read his/her clues until someone guessed the item. That student would then take his turn
. The students used their writing skills and oral communication skills.