The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

Recommended Grades: 4-6

All the birds have laid an egg, except Duck.  Duck wants an egg, too.  He comes upon a huge green spotted egg and makes it his own.  All the other birds make fun of him, telling him it will never hatch and calling it an odd egg.  When it finally does hatch, Duck (and all the other birds) are quite surprised!

Lesson Idea:

Six Traits

Organization, Surprise Ending: Read aloud The Odd Egg and have students predict what they think is in the egg prior to reading the ending.  Read aloud the rest of the story and discuss whether student predictions were correct.  How did the author surprise the reader with the ending?  Share other books with surprise endings and use them as mentor texts when writing in writer’s workshop. 

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