Elaborate Eggs for Easter

Elaborate Eggs for Easter lesson plan

Experience the "egg-citement" of Easter! Explore Easter traditions past and present, and create an "egg-stravagant" 3-D scene.

  • 1.

    Students research the symbol of the egg and its connection to spring holidays. Read The Golden Egg or another book with illustrations of Easter eggs and symbols. Ask students when the custom of exchanging decorated eggs begin? In which cultures? How is this tradition similar to the Easter eggs that are decorated today?

  • 2.

    Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Using Crayola® Washable Watercolors, create a background scene, such as a sky or grass, for your Elaborate Eggs for Easter. Dry.

  • 3.

    Color an entire sheet of construction paper in wide stripes using various colors of Crayola Multicultural Markers. With Crayola Scissors, cut the page into strips. Save one strip for a handle. Lay half of the remaining strips horizontally on a flat surface. Use the other half to weave over and under the flat strips to weave a basket. After weaving, turn the ends under and glue them with Crayola School Glue. Glue the handle to the basket. Glue the basket to the background paper. Dry.

  • 4.

    On white construction paper, draw eggs of various sizes. Cut them out and decorate them colored pencils, Crayola Glitter Glue, and your imagination. Dry.

  • 5.

    Glue eggs into the basket. Dry.

  • 6.

    Complete your spring scene with drawings of animals such as ducks and rabbits and some blades of grass. Cut them out and glue them on the background. Dry.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of aspects of a topic.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Give examples of and explain groups and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places.

Adaptations

  • Classroom resources: The Golden Egg by Margaret Wise Brown; The Golden Egg by A. J. Wood; The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
  • Encourage students to investigate how diverse cultures use eggs in their customs and what the various colors mean in decorating eggs.
  • Research Pysanky eggs and recreate this ancient art of egg decorating.
  • With the assistance of the school's art teacher, students learn to weave such items as place mats. If they are comfortable, students weave a basket for their hand-made eggs.