World Egg Day is an unusual holiday that is recognized on the second Friday in October each year. Eggs have been looked upon as unhealthy in the past because of the overemphasis on dietary cholesterol affecting blood cholesterol. Eggs are a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and nine essential amino acids. Use these easy ideas for lessons and activities to celebrate World Egg Day and to teach elementary students about the health benefits of eating eggs.
Egg Lesson: Label the Parts of an Egg
Make a worksheet with the inside parts of an egg shown, and give to each student. Discuss each part of the egg, and model how to label parts such as yolk, yolk membrane, egg white or albumen, chalaza, air cell, shell membranes, and outer shell. Depending upon the age of your elementary students, you may teach an in-depth lesson about the yolk containing choline, lutein, folate, zeaxanthin, and other essential nutrients. This nutrition information can be located at the Incredible Egg.
Egg Activity: Make a Class Graph
Use eggs to create a fun graphing lesson. Using a large piece of butcher paper to model the bar graph, label the sides with numbers and the bottom with ways to prepare eggs. Labels along the bottom could be “scrambled”, “fried”, “boiled”, “poached”, and “omelet”. The title of the graph could be “How do we like our eggs cooked?” Hand out teacher-made graph grids to each student, and model how to color in a square for each student response that is given. Follow up with questions such as, “In our class, what is the most popular way that we like our eggs prepared?” and “What is the least favorite way to prepare eggs among our classmates?” This activity reinforces graphing concepts that elementary children are usually learning in the primary grades.
Egg Activity: Create an Egg-Shaped Book
Cut three or more large ovals from white paper for each elementary student and staple along the edges. You may create pre-written sentences of each page of the book, leaving blanks to be filled in. Or, allow for sentence writing on each page. Suggested sentences for the book are “I like ________ eggs.” “I like to eat my eggs with ________.” “Eggs are healthy because they contain ___________, ________, and ____________.” Each student can then illustrate each page in her own book to take home at the end of the day. This egg activity or lesson reminds elementary students of the nutritional benefits of eggs, while allowing them to practice simple writing and reading.
Egg Activity: Plastic Egg Phonics
This egg-themed activity can be used throughout the year in small groups or learning centers. Although it does not teach a lesson about the benefits of eggs, it helps reinforce phonics skills. Cut left over dozen egg cartons in half or use half-dozen egg cartons. For each pair of students and egg carton, you will need 6 plastic eggs in varying colors. The tops and bottoms do not need to match. Label each top half of a plastic egg with three rimes (such as -at, -ad, -am). Label the other five eggs tops with other vowel rimes (such as -et, -in, -ook, -ump, -ack). Label the bottom half of the plastic eggs with onsets, such as “s”, “b”, and “ch”. Model how to put the eggs together and turn the onsets with each rime to see if a word has been made. The pair of students should read each potential word to determine if they’ve made a valid word, then write down each word that is made from their batch of eggs. Students should use the words made in oral sentences.
Extension Egg Lessons and Activities:
Make a rubber egg with the science experiment called the Naked Egg.
Read aloud from “Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones” by Ruth Heller to explore which animals lay eggs.
Invite a farmer or a well-known chicken expert as a guest speaker to discuss eggs and their importance.
Dye eggs and use the cracked pieces of the shells to create art or glue down over spelling words.
Send a request home for favorite egg recipes. When recipes are returned, create an egg recipe book or resource for each child to share with his family.
Other websites to explore for more egg information, lessons and activities:
Eggs: A Virtual Exhibition
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