Eggs Eggs Everywhere
Science and Math Activities for Young
Written by Jean C. Echols, Kimi Hosoume,
and Jaine Kopp
More than a scramble, more than an Easter hunt, more than just
chickens...eggs house a wealth of life-science information in
a neat and beautiful package. This guide introduces young children
to the wonder ofand the story insideeggs from a
variety of creatures, allowing them to begin developing key
concepts in biology and the life sciences.
In a gentle and engaging exploration of animals that hatch,
children study real and plastic egg-layers, including turtles,
fish, snakes, and birds. The activities in this guide are noteworthy
for their interdisciplinary richness, interweaving literature,
mathematics, and the physical sciences. Through role-playing,
sorting, organizing, graphing, and exploring shape and movement,
students develop an understanding not only of the process of
egg-laying and hatching, but of the animals themselves, their
roles in the life cycle, and fundamental mathematical concepts.
The reading of Ruth Heller's beautifully illustrated book, Chickens
Aren't the Only Ones, makes a wonderful introduction to
the variety of egg-layers in the world. Students learn about
eggs on land and eggs in water through drama and observations
of a live box turtle and a fish. In the final activity, the
children freely explore the movement of plastic eggs and other
objects on flat and inclined surfaces. Taken together, the activities
in this guide provide a fun-filled, highly effective early physical-science
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