Objective: The children will investigate eggshells and learn about animals that hatch from eggs.
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Note: Prior to the lesson, place 1 toy animal inside each plastic egg.
Not all animals that lay eggs lay them in nests. Some animals lay their eggs in water and on leaves. Eggs have a special covering that protects the animal inside. Birds and fish are not the only animals that lay eggs. Insects, turtles, lizards, and reptiles lay eggs, too. Only two mammals lay eggs: the platypus and the echidna. All other mammals give birth to live babies.
Of all the birds that lay eggs, hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs, and ostriches lay the biggest eggs. Not all eggshells are solid colored. Some eggshells have patterns to camouflage them against predators. Most birds keep their eggs warm until they hatch by sitting on them. There are a few sneaky birds, like the cuckoo and the brown-headed cowbird, that lay their eggs in other birds’ nests so they do not have to tend to their own nest.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.