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Egg-stravagant Egg Basket

Create a perky spring basket to hold jelly beans, a chocolate bunny, or your art supplies. Makes a great Easter purse or school lunch bag!

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Students find out about the origins of the Easter basket. Why is the egg a symbol of birth, life, and hope? What spring festivals, in countries around the world, include the egg in their celebrations? Here's one way students can make their own egg basket.
    2. On construction paper, draw a large egg with Crayola® Colored Pencils. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors. Trace and cut out a second identical egg.
    3. Using colored pencils or Color Sticks, decorate one side of each egg. Use your imagination to create spring or Easter patterns. Add Crayola Glitter Glue to enhance your designs. Dry.
    4. Cut or fold a paper lunch bag to about half its size for a basket, or use it full size to carry more items. Attach the decorated paper eggs to the front and back of the bag using Crayola Glue Sticks.
    5. To create a handle, punch a hole on either side of the bag and insert a chenille stick. Twist the ends to secure the handle.
  • Standards

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

    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: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular 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

    Possible classroom resources include: The Easter Egg by Jan Brett; The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen; Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco; The Birds' Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story by Eric A. Kimmel

    Invite a community member who is knowledgeable about Ukrainian holidays and making Pysanky to speak with the class and demonstrate how Pysanky eggs are made. Prior to the visit, students compose questions for the visitor. After the meeting, students post learning to a class blog.

    Investigate the history of the White House Egg Roll. What countries have similar events at Easter?

    To create a sturdier basket, students can decorate a recycles tall tissue box or a plastic produce container in place of the paper bag suggested in the lesson.

    Invite the school's art teacher to show the class how to weave. Students use this new skill to create a class basket in which to display their eggs.


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