Let Me Out! Dino Eggs

Let Me Out! Dino Eggs lesson plan

What's hatching out of that egg? Students research creatures that lay eggs.

  • 1.

    During a unit of study focused on animals that lay eggs, invite students to view a variety of electronic pictures on the subject, as well as sharing read alouds with the class such as Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller. Discuss animals that lay eggs and the process of birthing from an egg shell. Then invite students to create their own egg-hatching animal.

  • 2.

    Students begin by covering their work space with recycled newspaper. Tear recycled newspaper into narrow strips for paper maché. Crumple a piece of recycled newspaper into a large egg-shaped ball.

  • 3.

    Mix equal amounts of Crayola® School Glue and water in a bowl. Students dip newspaper strips in glue-water mix. Run fingers down each strip to remove the excess. Cover the crumpled newspaper with the wet strips, overlapping and smoothing. Make at least three layers. Hang the paper maché-covered egg up to dry. This may take a day or longer.

  • 4.

    With Crayola Washable Watercolor Paint, students paint dried paper egg. Ask students to consider how they could camouflage the egg to keep it safe in the nest. Hang the painted egg up to dry.

  • 5.

    Sculpt a dinosaur baby in proportion to the egg size Model Magic. Dry.

  • 6.

    Create an opening in the egg that looks like the baby dinosaur just cracked its way out with Crayola Scissors. Remove the crumpled newspaper from inside. Place dino baby in the egg so it looks like it is hatching.

Standards

  • LA: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • LA: With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  • LA: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
  • LA: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • LA: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
  • MATH: Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
  • SCI: Construct explanations from evidence that life cycles of plants and animals have similar features and predictable patterns.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Tillie Lays An Egg by terry Golson; Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller; Birds by Rene Mettler; Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
  • Working in small groups, students create a list of animals that lay eggs, such as birds and reptiles. Once the list is exhausted, students begin to investigate the characteristics of reptiles. Students organize their information and display it in the classroom.
  • Why do dinosaurs no longer roam the Earth? Students research this question. What are the theories about why the dinosaurs became extinct? How long has it been since these reptiles existed? Why do you think this happened? Support your position with established facts!
  • Students gather information about how to hatch chicks. Make a list of the steps to take. Plan a class activity to hatch eggs. Record daily temperatures in the incubator. Sketch chicks as they hatch. Track their growth. Graph the growth of each individual chick.