The Topic:
Eggs

Easier - Eggs are special cells found in female animals. Nearly all animals produce eggs. Some animals lay eggs outside their body. For example, birds lay oval, hard-shelled eggs.
 
Harder - Oology is the study of eggs. Many animals lay eggs in water, on leaves, or in nests. These eggs have a covering that protects the developing creature. Turtles, lizards, birds, fish, reptiles, dinosaurs, insects, and some mammals lay eggs. Inside of an egg shell is a yolk, embryo, albumen (white), and membranes. The contents of the egg is used as food for the developing embryo.
 
The eggs we eat are not fertilized. In other words, no baby chick is being formed in the egg. What remains are nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. People have collected and eaten eggs for thousands of years. Most of the eggs people eat now come from domesticated birds such as chickens. Eggs come in different sizes, colors, and grades. People in countries all over the world eat eggs.
 
All About Eggs
http://www.eggsedu.org.uk/ks3/indexks3.htm
This website from the United Kingdom provides easy-to-read information about eggs including inside information, basic facts, cooking information, the story of eggs, egg art, and links. It also contains a teacher section. The website contains excellent information, diagrams, and activities.
 
American Egg Board Web Site Home Page
http://www.aeb.org/index.html
This website has a wide variety of information about eggs. There are many sections appropriate for children.
Pages Within Website:
2) Basic Egg Facts http://www.aeb.org/facts/index.html
3) Eggcyclopedia http://www.aeb.org/eggcyclopedia/main_frame_page.html
4) Fascinating Egg Facts http://www.aeb.org/kidsandfamily/table_of_contents.htm
 
Canadian Egg Marketing Agency
http://www.canadaegg.ca/english/index.html
This website contains egg recipes, nutritional and educational resources, egg facts, egg crafts and a playground for children, egg data and other egg-related site links.
Pages Within Website:
2) Children's Playground http://www.canadaegg.ca/english/child/kids.html
3) Egg Colouring and Decorating http://www.canadaegg.ca/english/child/decorate.html
4) Extraordinary Egg http://www.canadaegg.ca/english/educat/intro.html
5) Teaching Modules http://www.canadaegg.ca/english/educat/teach.html
 
Golden Eggs - Children's Activities
http://www.goldeneggs.com.au/childrens_activities/index.html
This website from Australia contains lots of children's activities including jokes, crafts, games, coloring sheets, tricks, and activities. It also includes sections on nutrition, recipes, and farm to family.
Pages Within Website:
2) Farm to Family http://www.goldeneggs.com.au/farm_to_family/index.html
3) Nutrition http://www.goldeneggs.com.au/nutrition/index.html
4) Recipes http://www.goldeneggs.com.au/recipes/index.html 
 
Using the websites, complete the following activities:
 
Answer the Question. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Hold a class debate, then go to the Which Came First? page and check out their answer. Try other egg questions and answers. The questions and answers page has good egg math activities too.
 
Explore Egg Art. Read about the history of Egg Art. Learn more about the folk art of egg painting from around the world at Easter Eggs, Egg Art: It's not Just for Easter, Egg Painting, Ukrainian Eggs, Making Ukrainian Eggs, and Eggs Around the World. Create your own egg art.
 
Tell the Inside Story. What's inside an egg? Create a diagram labeling the parts. Use The Inside Story for directions.
 
Decorate Eggs. If you want to decorate eggs, it's a good idea to blow out the yolk or hard boil the eggs first. Use a recipe for hard-cooked eggs or the directions for blowing out the yolk. Start at the Egg Arts and Crafts, Crafty Eggs, and Egg Colouring and Decorating page for some ideas for decorating eggs. Learn about the L'egg'ing It Around the USA project. Play a game and guess the state for each egg. Create your own state decorated egg.
 
Trace an Egg. How do eggs get from the farm to your family? Create a poster showing how eggs are processed. Go to the Golden Eggs - Farm to Family for ideas.
 
Join a Project. Join the Great Egg Roll in the spring. Create your own egg roll project.
 
Create a Recipe Book. Locate all the different ways that eggs can be prepared. Create a recipe book using some of the following resources: Egg Recipes, Children's Recipes, Recipes, Golden Egg Recipes and Student Egg Recipes.
 
Create an Egg Pictionary. Use the Eggcyclopedia and Basic Egg Facts for descriptions of important egg words. Create your own class pictionary including drawings that depict the words.
 
Practice Egg Safety. Do eggs last forever in the refrigerator? Do I need to wash eggs? Create a poster that tells people the basic rules of egg and food safety. Use the Egg Handling and Care Guide, Egg Safety, and Food Handling for ideas.
 
Share Egg Jokes. Read British Egg Jokes. Write your own joke and send it to Golden Egg Jokes.
 
Use an Incubator. Read about Hatching Eggs: A Step-by-Step Guide. Then, find and hatch an egg in class. Keep a journal of your activities.
 
Explore Egg Animals. Read the book Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller. Create a game matching the eggs, babies, and animals. Make a chart showing animals that hatch from eggs (oviparous animals).
 
Try an Egg Experiment. Try an egg race experiment in your classroom. Try some egg tricks and learn science at the same time. Try the egg races. Try egg drop activities. Try the egg expert website or the egg-sucking snapple bottle experiment.
 
Read about Eggs. Read the book Horton Hatches an Egg. Would you like to sit on a nest like Horton? Create your own story about hatching an egg.
 
Imagine a Creature. Go to the Big Egg page and imagine what might be inside the egg. Create your own pictures.
 
Build a Nest. Read the book A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Jenkins. Collect nest-making materials and build your own nest.
 
Take an Egg Quiz. Have some fun taking the Egg Quiz and the Egg Trivia Quiz.
 
Try Egg Activities. Explore the Children's Egg Playground and Golden Eggs Children's Activities and try some coloring pages, read some jokes, and play some egg games. Try the Green Eggs and Ham activities. Try the Easter Egg Factory (requires Shockwave).
 
Compare Eggs and Life Cycles. Compare the sizes of different types of eggs including turtles, chickens, and dinosaurs. Eggs play an important role in the life cycle of many creatures such as butterflies, birds, bees, frogs, and dinosaurs. Create a chart comparing the eggs in the life cycles of many different creatures. Create a bulletin board or mobile showing your results.
 
Complete a Egg WebQuest. Explore one of the webquests below:
1) Are Chickens the Only Ones? (Grade 1) http://warrensburg.k12.mo.us/webquest/animals/index.htm
2) Be a Dino Detective http://www.scs.k12.tn.us/STT2000_wq/2-5/neeleya/default.htm
3) Create an Animal (Primary) http://www.arlington.k12.va.us/schools/barrett/animalwebquest/
4) Hatching Eggs http://www.lfelem.lfc.edu/tech/DuBose/webquest/meneses/chicks.html
5) World of Chicks http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/mmyers/WebQuest2000/ChickWQk2/Chickwebquest1.htm
 
Websites By Kids For Kids 
All About Chicks
http://maxey.lps.org/chicks.html
This third and fourth grade project explores that incubation of eggs and the growth of chicks.
 
Egg Drop
http://www.calhoun.org/proj_egg_drop.htm
Explore photographs and information about a student egg drop project.
Other Egg Student Projects:
2) All About Egg Drops http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/1856/egg.html
3) Egg Launcher Project http://www.baeg.engr.uark.edu/projects/student/EggLauncher/EggLaunch99.html
 
How Accurately Do The Egg Producers Measure Their Eggs?
http://web.selah.wednet.edu/SOAR/SciProj2000/LauraW.html
The purpose of this experiment was to see how accurately the egg producers measure their eggs.
 
Kangaroo Eggs
http://rubens.anu.edu.au/student.projects/kangaroos/eggs.html
This page was created by a student as part of a larger project on kangaroos.
 
Additional Websites About Eggs
Chick Page
http://www.agr.state.il.us/kidspage/bchick.html
This page contains pictures and sounds of hens and roosters. It also shows an egg hatch.
Other Egg Hatching Sites:
Chick Hatching http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/chick/chickmov.html
  
Eggs Around the World
http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/egg/egg0397/eggworld.html
This website provides an introduction to egg painting around the world.
Other Folk Art Egg Painting Websites:
2) A Delicate Art - Egg Decorating http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Lessons/Interdisciplinary/INT0016.html
3) Easter Eggs http://moscow-guide.ru/Culture/FolkArt/Eggs/index.htm
4) Egg Art: It's not Just for Easter http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/egg/egg0397/eggart.html
5) Egg Painting http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/egg/egg0397/eggpaint.html
6) Egg Tempera Painting Medium http://www.eggtempera.com/
7) How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/amorash/ukregg.html
8) Making Ukrainian Eggs http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/amorash/ukregg.html
9) Ukrainian Eggs http://www.civilization.ca/membrs/treasure/cat10eng.html
 
Eggs - A Virtual Exhibition
http://www.pma.edmonton.ab.ca/vexhibit/eggs/vexhome/egghome.htm
This website from the Provincial Museum of Alberta showcases eggs of the world including an on-line field guide with over 300 egg images. It also contains information on egg biology and egg trivia. A glossary is also provided.
Other Egg Identification Sites:
2) Amphibian Egg Identification Page http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/ida_ecology/amphibians/main/ameggid.htm
3) Bird Lesson http://www.kent.wednet.edu/staff/rlynch/sci_class/chap16/bird.html
4) Frog Egg Identification http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek//teacher/frogeggs.htm
5) Killdeer Egg http://home.istar.ca/~corax/WebD500L/KILL_Egg.html
6) Mystery Amphibian Egg Mass Page http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/waterres/amphibian/mystery.htm
 
Eggs - Science Museum of Minnesota
http://maxey.lps.org/chicks.html
Explore the eggs of the Monarch butterfly and learn how to collect them.
 
Hatching Eggs; A Step-by-Step Guide
http://www.track0.com/canteach/elementary/life20.html
This web page provides step by step instructions for hatching eggs.
 
Introduction to the Amniota
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/vertebrates/tetrapods/amniota.html
This web page explains the structure of the aminota egg. Turtles, lizards, birds, dinosaurs, and some mammals lay this type of egg that helps promote development off the egg. The page contains a nice explanation and a good diagram.
 
National Geographic Dinosaur Eggs
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/dinoeggs/
This website contains great information and resources on dinosaur eggs. Explore how people hunt dinosaur eggs around the world and hatch them to see the embryos.
 
Websites For Teachers
Big Egg
http://www.greatestplaces.org/activities/egg/eggimagine.html
Explore this webpage that asks the question "What do you imagine would have been in an egg this big?" It contains photographs and projects by students.
 
Chickscope
http://chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/
Follow online science projects related to raising chickens. Explore images inside an egg, use database information, try some egg math, and see diagrams showing the 21-day egg development cycle.
Related Web Pages:
2) Activities http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/eggs/act04.html
3) EggMath http://chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/explore/eggmath/
4) Embryology http://chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/explore/embryology/
5) Imaging http://chickscope.beckman.uiuc.edu/explore/biological_imaging/
6) Incubation & Embyology http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/eggs/lessonplan.html
 
Dinosaur Eggs (Primary)
http://pd.l2l.org/success/lessons/lesson2/lesson2a/psca1_l.htm
In this project, students learn about dinosaur eggs and how scientists can reassemble the babies inside.
 
Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
http://www.angelfire.com/la/kinderthemes/easterarts.html
This web page provides lots of art activities involving eggs. It includes lots of science activities such as a variety of different kinds of egg drop projects.
 
Egg Day Activities (Elementary)
http://deafed.educ.kent.edu/970218b.htm
This web page provides lots of ideas for holding an Egg Day at your school.
 
Egg Sorting Lesson (K-2)
http://www.ovaprima.org/lessonplanK_2_4.html
In this lesson students learn to classify and sort eggs by size, color, and animal.
 
Eggs - Multicultural Lesson Plans
http://204.98.1.2/passport/lessonplan/lessons/eggs.html
This lesson helps students explore how different cultures use eggs. It integrates art, science, math, and social studies.
 
Eggstravaganza
http://atschool.eduweb.co.uk/ufa10/eggs.htm
This page contains ten math activities related to eggs.
 
E is for Eggs (Primary)
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Cyprus/6065/E.html
This thematic unit focuses on eggs and the letter E for young children.
Other Egg Theme Pages:
2) The Egg Theme Page http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Thebes/9893/eggs.htm
3) Egg Fun http://www.eecs.umich.edu/mathscience/funexperiments/agesubject/lessons/egg2.html
 
From Egg to Chick (Primary)
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Atrium/5924/fromeggtochick.htm
This web page focuses on activities related to raising chicks and egg experiments. Explore art projects and science activities.
Similar Websites:
2) Egg Science http://www.angelfire.com/la/kinderthemes/escience.html
 
Hatched From An Egg (Kindergarten)
http://www.richlandclicks.org/Teacher/connections/kindergarten/hatched.htm
After reading the book Chickens Aren't The Only Ones by Ruth Heller, students identify animals that hatch from eggs.
Other Webpages Based on Books:
2) Chickens Aren't the Only Ones http://www.angelfire.com/la/kinderthemes/chickens.html
3) Horton Hatches the Egg http://www.nancypolette.com/LitGuidesText/horton.htm
 
Lesson 1 - All About Eggs (Grade 2)
http://www.uwrf.edu/college-of-education/goals2000/eggunit.html
In this lesson, students make a list of animals that lay eggs and find out how the baby animal inside gets the protection and air that it needs to survive.
 
Life Cycles Study: From Egg to Chick (Grade 2)
http://www.coreknowledge.org/CKproto2/resrcs/lessons/298EggChick.htm
Embryology is the focus of this second grade unit that involves students in recording the temperature and humidity of an incubator, turning the chicken eggs, candling the eggs to observe the growth and development of the embryos, and caring for the chicks when they hatch. The life cycles of frogs, moths and butterflies is also included in this study.
 
Why All the EGGS-citement About EGGS?
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson058.shtml
This article contains lots of ideas for integrating egg activities into your classroom.
 
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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 1/99
Updated, 4/01.