Easter Egg Hunt at School

Are you planning an Easter egg hunt at school?  Organizing a hunt for a group is much different than hiding eggs and decorating a basket at home.

Easter egg hunts are a tradition at some schools.  Easter is a holiday that is not celebrated at other schools.  Please check about the Easter policy if you are new to your school this year.

  • Send home a note two weeks ahead of time.
  • Send home a copy of the note again to make sure everyone knows about the event.
Give parents suggestions of what they can use to stuff the eggs if your school has a no candy policy.  Suggestions:  coins, stickers, or small toys from the Target Dollar Spot.
It is very helpful if the eggs are taped shut.  When all of the eggs are put into a big bags and given to the "rabbits" to hide, they often get bumped and rattled which causes scrambled eggs.  You can prevent scrambled eggs by asking parents to tape the eggs shut.

Each class that is hunting eggs needs to have a designated place. It is helpful if you can give your class specific guideline of where your student will hunt for eggs.  Example:  
  • Mrs. Gudala's class will hunt eggs in the soccer field at 1:30.
  • Mrs. Kirk's class will hunt eggs in the football field at 2:15.
  • Mr. Tucker's class will hunt for eggs in front yard with the 3 big trees 2:00.
  • Miss Luboriz's will hunt for eggs in the side yard next to the kinder playground 1:30.
You can ask different people to be your "rabbit".

  • Buddy class
  • Gifted & Talented class 
  • Room mom
Most of my students have brought a basket and stuffed eggs when I asked for a dozen eggs.  I think that seems like an amount that most parents are happy to send in and gives the students enough eggs to find.

 As a teacher, I have found it helpful to plan for those "oh no" moments.  You hope all of your students bring a dozen stuffed eggs and a basket, but "oh no" someone forgot.

You can either purchase some prestuffed eggs and tape them shut or ask your room mom if she can send in extras.  Students without a basket can use cute bags like the ones in the picture above.  I found them at Target Dollar Spot.

On the day of the hunt, you will gather all of the eggs in the morning after doing some math counting activities. Example: 

  • Count your eggs (make sure all students brought at least 12 eggs)
  • Do you have an even number of eggs or odd?  How can you tell?  Show me.
  • Show me 3 groups.  How many are in each group.
  • Show me 6 groups.  How many are in each group.
  • Write and draw a math problem using eggs in your journal.
Set the eggs in a large bag outside your door for the "rabbit".  Arrange ahead of time what time the rabbit will hide the eggs.  You don't want the rabbit to hide the eggs in the morning if you are hunting at the end of the day.  

When it is time for your class to hunt the eggs:
  • Walk them to the designated area.  
  • Show them the boundaries of where they can look for eggs.
  • Tell your students that they may only pick up and put in their basket 12 eggs.  They may see more than 12 eggs.  But, they may only put 12 eggs in their basket.  They will not pick up every egg that they see.  
  • When they have 12 eggs in their basket, they will come back and stand by you.
  • When everyone has 12 eggs, you will walk back to your class so students can open their eggs.
Do you hunt eggs at your school?

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Ideas to teach Word Families

Teaching word families is like getting a 2 for 1 bargain at the store. Students begin to notice word patterns when you teach word families.  The lessons improve students' spelling and reading skills. 

My students found patterns in everything, including their clothing, when I taught word families.  I used their new found interest in their clothing to make a writing center. I took scraps of material like the ones in the picture above.  Students clipped a square of material to half of a piece of white paper.  They continued the pattern of the material on the white paper.  They folded the paper and used it as a cover for a word family story.
Organize book bags with word family themes.  Students can read the books at school or use them as homework.  I wrote about books bags here.  
Set up a word family book center.  Scholastic has sets of books that are perfect for early readers.
Recent research conducted by Mueller and Oppenheimer found that college students who took notes by hand instead of a laptop retained more.  This was not a surprise to me.  I saw a big improvement in my students' writing AND reading when I incorporated home writing journals with my homework program.

This is why I wanted to include writing with the readers that I recently made.  Students read the first sentence of each page. After reading the emergent reader, students:
  • Trace the words 
  • Copy the words in the shaped boxes
  • There are 2 options for the blank line:
    • Option 1:  Copy the sentence
    • Option 2:  Write about the picture 
So far, I have made the following emergent readers with a word family theme.
Emergent Reader: -AD word family
Emergent Reader: -ED word family
Emergent Reader: -IN word family
Emergent Reader: -OP word family
Emergent Reader: -UG word family

FREE Emergent Reader: -OG word family

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