Mini Picturebook Lesson 11: The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett


SynopsisAll the birds have eggs to hatch except Duck. When Duck finds an egg of his own he’s delighted but the other birds think it’s a very odd egg.
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  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for the crodocile and his new scarf: paper, coloured pens and pencils, wool
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

LookWhat is  the first thing you notice on the cover? Why?
LookDescribe the egg: colour and size.
LookDescribe the duck:  colours, feet, head.
PredictWhat do you think is in the egg?   
ResearchFind out what colour and size of eggs ducks lay. 
Check Look up the meaning of  ‘odd’ and ‘hatch an egg’ in your dictionary.

Step 2: Listen and Watch

Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
Which other birds are in the story?
 How does duck feel about his egg? 
 What do the other birds think of duck’s egg? How does that make duck feel?  
What is going to happen when we hear  ‘creak-crack’? Say it with Emily. 
 What does duck do while waiting for his  egg to hatch?
 What do the other birds do?  

Step 3: Add you Voice

ReviewWatch the story again and remember the different birds.
RememberComplete the sentence. Duck thinks his   ……..
CreateDraw crocodile with a new colourful scarf.   
ColourColour by numbers. (see download)
Personalise What did you think was in duck’s  egg?
Did you think it was odd that a crocodile was in the egg?
ObserveLook out of your  window, can you see any birds? If so, which ones?   
Research What other creatures lay eggs?
PlanOrganise a mystery egg hunt in your home or garden.
ThinkWrite a short story about what you think happens next to duck and crocodile.
Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story? Why?
ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.


©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett published by Two Hoots 2016

Video © Emily Gravett

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