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Old Babushka, known throughout all of Moskva for her beautifully painted eggs, is preparing her eggs for the Easter Festival when she takes in an injured goose. She names the goose Rechenka, and they live happily together until one day when Rechenka accidentally overturns a basket, breaking all of Babushka’s lovingly crafted eggs.

But the next morning Babushka has a surprise awaiting her in the basket. She cries: “A miracle!” when she finds it.

This beautiful tale of care and friendship will delight you and your student. Grab our Rechenka’s Eggs unit study and lapbook and learn all about Russia, oviparous animals, eggs, miracles, and more.

Rechenka’s Eggs Unit Study Lessons

This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco.

Here are some sample lessons from the Rechenka’s Eggs Unit Study.

Science: Oviparous Animals 
Talk with your student about eggs. Who lays eggs? You can read the poem (“Eggs”) to your student if you wish. If not, just mention that birds, fish, reptiles (lizards, alligators, dinosaurs, snakes), amphibians (such as frogs), and insects all lay eggs. If you think your student would enjoy it, get some colored plastic Easter eggs and “hide” pictures of animals who lay eggs in each egg. Let your student “hatch” the eggs and make a chart of the animals who lay eggs. Once your student opens all the eggs, talk about some animals who don’t lay eggs and add them to your chart, too.

Science: Egg Dissection
You could hard boil an egg with your student. As you crack it, note the outer shell, inner shell (membrane—the thin white layer that comes off with the shell), the yolk, and the albumen (egg white). You may or may not want to mention to your student that the eggs we eat are not fertilized (do not have a baby chick growing inside).

You can grab a copy of the entire Rechenka’s Eggs Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

Rechenka’s Eggs Lapbook Printables

In addition to the unit study lessons, this file includes these mini-books for your student to make a Rechenka’s Eggs lapbook:

  • Flag of Russia Simple Fold Book
  • Map of Russia Shutterfold Book
  • Onion Dome Blank Book
  • Russia’s Landscapes Accordion
  • Matryoshka Nesting Doll Book
  • Russia BINGO Game
  • Miracles Simple Fold
  • Vocabulary Word Egg Shapes
  • Who Is Oviparous? Fan Book
  • Egg Anatomy Simple Fold Book
  • “Painted” Eggs and Basket
  • Number Patterns Strips
  • Color Pattern Strips
  • “Eggs” Poem
  • Eggs Blank Book

How to Get Started with Your Rechenka’s Eggs Unit Study & Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Rechenka’s Eggs Unit Study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Rechenka’s Eggs, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Print the Rechenka’s Eggs unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of looking for miracles!

Get Your Free Rechenka’s Eggs Unit Study & Lapbook

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Rechenka’s Eggs Unit Study & Lapbook

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