2 Ways to Use Easter Eggs in the Secondary Classroom

It’s that time of year when the world around us is in full bloom, we are quickly approaching testing season, and our students (and us) could use a little excitement.  You’d be surprised at how excited high-schoolers get when it comes to an egg hunt.  I’ve come up with 2 different ways you can use eggs in your classroom to increase engagement while also accomplishing your goals for the day.

  1. Have a Notes Egg Hunt

I just used this one recently, and it was a huge hit!  It was so easy to set up and my students enjoyed the different take on taking notes.  To start, I created guided notes over the topic we were discussing.  Then, I divided it into sections and numbered each section.  For this activity in particular, we were discussing plant structure so I divided it into 5 sections, one for each part of the plant.  Next, I typed up my completed notes and I numbered each section 1-5 then cut them apart.  These needed to be small enough pieces of paper so that they could be easily folded and fit inside of the egg.   It’s important to note that the completed notes correspond to the guided notes that the students will fill in during the egg hunt.  Lastly, I chose to number 3 sets of eggs 1-5.  That way I would have 3 number 1 eggs, 3 number 2 eggs, and so on.  I stuffed my eggs with the section of the notes according to their number.  For instance, section 1 was put inside of egg number 1.  Once I finished stuffing the eggs, it was time to hide!  All in all, this was an easy and quick way to put together an egg hunt and a great change from our usual notes routine.

2. Have a Review Egg Hunt

In the past, I’ve used an egg hunt as a way to review before a test.  For this activity, I use about 30 eggs and number them 1-15 so that I have 2 sets of each number.  Inside each egg, I place a review question.  These can be multiple choice or open-ended depending on the topic we are reviewing.  I put question 1 in egg number 1 and so on and so forth. Lastly, just hide the eggs and let the review fun begin!

Who would have thought that a bunch of 9th graders would be excited about an egg hunt?  But let me tell you, it works!  Try it and let me know how it goes!

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