Today shall be deemed “Tantruming Tootsies” because my feet are killing me today.  I dunno why, but I foresee a long soak in the tub tonight!  Maybe it was all that playing on our new Promethean board…

(Graphics:  Glitter Meets Glue, The Hartmann Sparkle, KG Fonts, The Price Of Teaching)

We have been hitting addition and subtraction HARD.  We’re really working to solidify those skills before the end of the year.  This week we have focused on addition.  I always try to make learning fun and engaging (SHOCKER, I know!)  And since it’s Easter time…I thought why not use plastic eggs.  I know…this isn’t a genius move.  But hey, it’s fun, right?!

So what gets kids to work harder than food!?  It works for adults and kids…admit it!   Here’s what I did:  I put 2 colors of jelly beans in the eggs in different combinations to 10.  The ‘staches grabbed an egg, opened it and sorted the jelly beans by color.
Next, they colored their jelly beans on the paper to match their real jelly beans and they wrote the equation and added!  BAM!  Common core…rigor…and FUN!  

Well, plastic eggs just don’t cut it around these parts.  We need to jazz it up a bit.  So I saw teacher friends positing these carrots all over Instagram and Facebook.  Well you know I’m not one to be left out…so I bought some carrots.  Then I got scared and had a mini panic attack that I wouldn’t have enough…so I bought more.  And then I did what any rational teacher would do…bought more.  AND THEN I was at Wal-Mart and saw more carrots and BUNNIES.  Break out the MasterCard because I bought more.  So I had all of these eggs and carrots filling up the world headquarters and had to put them to use.  So we did this today!
Here’s what I did…I put two dice in the carrots and bunnies.  TIP:  add some of the Easter basket grass to soften the noise!  Luckily I have rubber dice so they were quiet…but I’m just thinking ahead…
They grabbed an egg…shook it and opened it.  They wrote the equation on their carrot and added.  BAM!  Another engaging, rigorous addition lesson!  

But for reals…I still have TONS of these things floating around….I have a super cute sight word idea up my sleeve…so just wait!
And the best part…we now have two new math tub activities!!!
If you ‘d like the recording sheets, they are available on my Schedulin Sunday post…you can click here to go to that post!

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  • Reply Diane Daniel April 9, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Love it! Thanks so much! I've got to find some carrots. With all the talk about sensory tables or tubs, I'm putting my eggs in Dollar Tree tubs color coded for differentiation. The round tubs with grass for word eggs. The more square tubs for math. Another idea is to put the Easter erasers in eggs for graphing! Another way could be writing numerals on both halves of the eggs, separating the eggs in the tub, the students put the eggs together and find the sum.
    Thanks again for all your fantastic work!

  • Reply Sara Gaitan April 9, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I just picked up some bunny and carrot eggs too for an activity that I am planning to do with my 5 year old at home. I only needed a few, but I grabbed much more than what I needed! Hey, you never know what new and fun ideas might pop up right?
    Thanks for the ideas… and the freebies!

    Sara

    Teaching Munchkins

  • Reply Erin April 9, 2014 at 4:31 am

    We've been doing Egg-citing Multiplication in my third grade classroom! I'm loving those cheap plastic eggs for all sorts of activities this time of year!
    Erin
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  • Reply xandylouwho March 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I put three letters, they are supposed to figure out the word, but next thing you know the letters are all mixed up!

  • Reply xandylouwho March 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I put three letters, they are supposed to figure out the word, but next thing you know the letters are all mixed up!

  • Reply Shannon Bateman March 9, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Is this still available? I couldn't find it in your TPT shop!

  • Reply Tiffanie Schellie April 4, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Hello, I have searched your site for the worksheets that go along with the eggs and I cannot find them, am I missing something? I LOVE this activity and was finally able to find carrot eggs!!!!! Now I am looking for the bunnies and chicks! I am on a mission!

    Thank you,
    Tiffanie S.

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