How can we hammer home for our students that it’s what’s inside that counts? That’s a lesson many adults need to learn as well. I love the brown and white egg experiment floating around on Pinterest that’s perfect for Martin Luther King Day. It’s a very concrete way to demonstrate to students that while we’re all different on the outside, we’re all alike on the inside. But I wanted our lesson to go beyond just the eggs. I wanted to get, literally, to the heart of the matter. I wanted students to see that’s what inside includes the essence of us–our dreams, our feelings, and our personality. And while those things have unique components, we ALL have dreams, feelings, and personality traits…no matter what shade our skin is. So let me show you how I led my students beyond the eggs–to what they really mean.
First, we did the traditional experiment.
After guiding students in reaching a conclusion, we began to investigate what makes up OUR outside and our inside.
We discussed how our inside isn’t just bones, muscles, organs, and blood….but it’s the essence of US….our feelings, dreams, and personality. While we’re all unique, we ALL have dreams, feelings, and personality traits on the inside. We stapled the “outside” egg on top of the “inside egg.”
Lastly, we wrote our thoughts about “It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts.” I printed a yellow paper to resemble a yolk. Students made an adorable cracked egg, then we attached the pieces using a brad so that the egg opens to reveal the yolk and writing prompt.
“Wut coler your skin is don’t matter it matters about wuts in your heart it don’t matter if your chubby or not you are perfect how you are.”
That, my friends, is what I wanted these babies to learn. Our outside is just our gift wrap…the real gift is what’s in our hearts.
If you want to complete this packet with your students for MLK day or even at Easter, you can check it out on TPT here: