Technology Level: Classroom Based
Audience: Ages 9-13
Duration: 1 hour
Today in supermarkets, there are dozens of types of eggs available, all with different packets and advertisements. This lesson aims to introduce students to the various styles of commercial egg production, and teach them how to differentiate between the types of eggs on the market.
Prior to this lesson, have students go home and do some research on the egg packaging in their household. Alternatively you could have your students head to their local supermarket and do some research on the different types of eggs available there. They are to write down all the words, slogans and/or phrases that they can see on the egg packaging and bring the information to today’s lesson.
- colour in pencils
- (Optional) Different varieties of egg cartons for the students to look at.
- RSPCA Handout: Where do eggs come from?
- Extension Activity: A Day in the life of…
- RSPCA Campaign Poster: It’s Your Choice – Battery Hens
|1.1 (10 mins)||1.1 Homework check! What did the students discover from their homework? Brainstorm on the board the words discovered. Answers will include:
Discuss with the group what they think this all means. Does this mean that these eggs have been laid by different sorts of chickens? For example, do white chickens lay farm fresh eggs and brown chickens lay a different sort? These are all eggs from chickens – so what does all this mean?
|2.1 (10 mins)||
2.1 Activity 1: What do chickens need?
What types of things would you have to think about if you were going to keep chickens in your backyard? Make a list of all the things chickens need to be healthy. Think about: food, water, space, light and shade and protection.
Answers should include:
|2.2 (15 mins)||
2.2 Activity 2: The Ultimate chicken House
Thinking about all the things that a chicken needs, draw a superdooper chicken house which has absolutely everything that a chicken could need. How many chickens could you fit into your chicken house, still giving them plenty of room?
|2.3 (15 mins)||
2.3 Using Resource 1 (RSPCA Handout: Where do eggs come from?) read the first three paragraphs as a class. Discuss as a group. Prompting questions could include:
As a group go on to the sections on cage eggs, barn laid eggs and finally free range eggs. Read and discuss as a group. How do they think the chickens would feel living in each of the different farms?
Complete the Activity 1 on the handout: ‘Which type of chicken farm is best?’
Go on to read ‘The RSPCA and eggs’. Complete the ‘think question’ and ‘eggs-traordinary activity’.
|3.1 Discussion(10 mins)||
3.1 Class discussion on the different ways that eggs are produced in Australia. Prompting questions:
|Key Learning area||Curriculum link|
|Science||Life and Living
LL 3.1 Students draw conclusions about the relationship between features of living things and the environments in which they live.
|SOSE||Systems, Resources and Power
4.5 Students classify values that underpin campaigns and organisations associated with human or environmental rights.
Critical: Evaluating meanings in text
|Maths||Chance and Data
3C2 Students design surveys, collect, organise, interperate and make infferences about data and create and draw displays based on many-to-one correspondence clearly identifying the significant features.
Suggested Homework Activities
- Students can collect information about the eggs used in their house and bring that data back to the class. Teacher can use the data to survey which eggs are the most common in households. Students can then present this information graphically.
- Students to design a poster advertising the eggs that would come from a farmer using their ‘ultimate chicken house’ (from section 2.2 of this lesson plan).
Suggested Extension Activities
Students to reflect on what they have learned by writing a paragraph from the point of view from a hen producing: caged eggs, barn laid eggs and free range eggs. The title can be ‘A day in the life of…’
- a caged hen
- a free range hen
- a barn hen
Students should consider the kind of things that the hens may get up to throughout the day and whether or not they are able to do everything that they would like to.
Suggestions for Adapting this Lesson for Lower or Higher Year Levels
This lesson is also available in 7-9
This lesson was kindly written and generously donated to the RSPCA Qld Inc. by Anne Lonie. If you would like to help the RSPCA by donating teaching resources please contact the WOAW Admin Team: email@example.com
Lesson plan image: www.flickr.com/photos/robandstephanielevy/2369800407