I received this book from a friend and teaching colleague and I knew right away that it would be the perfect seasonal book for young children.
Here's a Peek Into the Story:
Five fluffy chicks peck, poke, and whack a friend who is not ready to hatch! Much to their dismay, the unbreakable egg is collected by the farmer. The chicks follow the farmer to rescue Chick Six, but not before falling into the Easter egg dye. Finally, these colorful chicks receive a colorful surprise when the sixth chick Jelly Bean makes an appearance.
Teamwork and kindness are the messages received from this great seasonal story!
My Preschoolers loved this story! Here's a Look At What We Did:
Prior to the start of the lesson, I hid many plastic eggs. The children found the eggs and opened each egg to reveal a small shape cut-out. The children were asked to identify and sort these shapes and to place the egg in the colored buckets.
Jelly Bean Sorting With Our Very Own Jelly Bean Chicks
Each child received these cute plastic chick eggs full of jelly beans to sort and to eat!
Ask K-2 students to write about their own unbreakable egg, complete a written retelling of the story, identify and explain their favorite part of the book, and make connections to self, text, or the real world.
Click on the chick to download the writing paper and the math mind map.
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Before sharing this activity with my students, I cut the stickers apart and attached paper clips to the individual shamrocks.
(At this point, I left the paper backing on the stickers.)
I also taped leprechauns to each magnetic wand and cut the pipe cleaners into small pieces.
Be sure to cover the shamrock stickers with the pipe cleaner pieces.
I placed the bowls and the wands on the table and the children searched for the shamrocks. It was so quiet in the room while these preschoolers worked, we could have heard the small footsteps of a leprechaun!
The pipe cleaner pieces were attracted to the magnetic wand and provided for a little magnetic discovery and discussion.
We made a game out of assembling this leprechaun bottle.
I challenged the children to put all of the "rainbow" colored pipe cleaner pieces in the bottle.
A simple and fun fine motor and hand-eye coordination activity!
For a few of my Pre-K students assembling this bottle was also a sensory activity. They weren't quite sure if they liked the way the pipe cleaners felt.
Giggles and Gasps could be heard as they discovered the shamrock stickers in their bowls.
We called the bowls the "pot of gold"!
You may want to include some yellow sticker dot stickers as the gold!
Shamrock stickers and a friend for the Leprechaun were quickly added to the bottle.
The children were excited to take the bottles home so I encouraged them to add additional items such as colorful pom poms, small toys, shiny foil, etc. to attract a sneaky leprechaun!
If you don't have these fantastic Creative Teaching products at a store near you, grab some sentence strips and green construction paper. Trace and cut out shamrocks and assemble the headbands in the same fashion!