Saturday, April 22, 2017

Egg-stra Special Oviparous Animals!

Hello Friends!

How was your Easter?  Hope it was great, like what am I supposed to do with all these leftover plastic eggs???

Eggs.....eggs.....hmmmm.......well, I got to thinking about it and decided now was the perfect time to break out the "Oviparous Animal" unit!!  I have been wanting the Fab Firsties to get a chance to work together on a project in small groups and this lesson was a great opportunity.  

We started with the book "Chickens Aren't The Only Ones".... a great little book about the many animals that hatch from eggs.  I don't have my own copy of this book, but found a nice video reading on YouTube.  You can check it out here on my YouTube channel.  

Next I passed out animal pictures to each of the firsties and we sorted them in a pocket chart: Oviparous and Not Oviparous Animals. I thought maybe some of my Fab Followers might like to do this sort with your kiddos, so I'm going to pass it on to you as a FREEBIE! Just drop me a line at and I will be sure to send it right out to you!!

Our next step was to use interactive writing to make a list of Oviparous Animals:

Finally, I had the firsties choose between four different animals to research: Sea Turtle, Chicken, Frog and Owl.  The students worked in small groups to read books about their animals.  I had a few in my classroom library and I also had the kiddos use Epic Books to read about their animal. If you haven't checked out Epic Books online....please do! It's a great resource for teachers, with TONS of books, that you can read for FREE!

The firsties worked with their small group partners to create a large web with facts about their animal:

Next the firsties wrote down four facts about their animal on their "Animal Facts Strips" and then put those strips into little plastic easter eggs.  We made these adorable animal nests using brown paper lunch bags, easter grass and their animal craft. 

The firsties also learned about the life cycle of their animals.  They made these adorable animal crafts with the life cycle in the center: 

They also made a little book about their animal.  It was a great little unit!

When we were all finished, the Fab Firsties took an assessment to see how much they learned about their animal......they ROCKED those tests!

Here's our big bulletin board showing all of our Oviparous Animal projects!

If you'd like to introduce your kiddos to Oviparous Animals, you can pick up my OVIPAROUS ANIMALS BUNDLE in my TPT store here.  It's available with everything you need to teach about all four of these animals.  This  jam packed bundle includes the following for each of these animals - Frog, Chicken, Sea Turtle and Owl - and IT'S ON SALE UNTIL MONDAY! WOOHOO! ( just read that right!! woohoo again!!)

1. Pre & Post Assessments
2. Fill in the Blank "Fact Strips" (to put in the plastic eggs)
3. My Book About _______ - a six page booklet on each animal. Students complete the information including: Where does (my animal) live?, What does (my animal) eat?, Draw and label (your animal), An interesting fact about (my animal) is...
4. Information Web - small and large version
5. Report Templates with built in Rubric - 3 levels for students to write a report about their animal
6. Life Cycle for each animal
7. Patterns for the small animals (for the paper bag nests)
8. Patterns for the large animals (for the life cycle)

Well that's it for this week! We also have some duck eggs in a little incubator in our room and we are waiting patiently for them to hatch!  Only a few more days so hopefully I will have some photos to show you next week of our new babies! Don't forget to send me an email to for your Oviparous Animal Sort FREEBIE....This freebie is not a part of my Oviparous Animal's an exclusive gift just for my Fab Followers! Gotta show some love to all of you!! Everybody have a great week and be sure to check back soon because there's always something fun happening in.....

1 comment:

  1. Lots of resources and I love the books you chose! I just picked up a bunch of plastic eggs on clearance!
    Practical Primary Teacher