Grab some plastic Easter eggs. Print as many of the skill cards as you choose. There’s even a blank set for you to write your own items. Cut apart the 60 skill cards. Fill the plastic eggs with the folded skill cards, one per egg. Number the outside of the egg to match the skill card inside. Scatter the eggs around your classroom or the schoolyard outside before your students arrive for the day. You’re ready for the great ELA Easter Egg Hunt!
When it’s time for the egg hunt, instruct your students to number a piece of paper from 1 to 60 (or how many items you are choosing to use). I ask my students to fold their paper in half lengthwise making two columns. In the first column they are to number from 1 to 20, in the second from 21 to 40, flip the paper over and on the back from 41 to 60.
Tell them they will have 20 minutes (or the time of your choosing) to locate as many eggs as possible. When they find an egg, they should open it, read the skill card inside, and write the answer for the item on their paper next to the corresponding number. They should then return the skill card to the egg, close the egg, and return it to its original location.
When time is finished, check the answers together in class using the answer key provided. You can display the skill cards and answer key on an interactive whiteboard. Reward the student who found the most eggs and/or the student with the most correct answers with a small prize .
Skills covered in this activity:
1. Simple Subjects and Predicates
2. Parts of Speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb
3. Verb tenses: simple, perfect, progressive
4. Degrees of Adjectives: positive, comparative, superlative
5. Alphabetical order