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Year Level: Year 6 | Duration: 1.25 hours | Revised: 24 March 2014 

Lesson objective:

In major supermarkets today, there are many types of eggs available to consumers. Each has different packaging, logos and advertisements. This lesson aims to introduce students to the various types of commercial egg production, and to teach them how to differentiate between them.


Learning areas (ACARA National Curriculum): 

  • ACHEK010 – The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment
  • ACHES014 – Identify alternate responses to an issue or event, and consider the advantages and disadvantages of preferring one to others.

Note: The Economics and Business curriculum is awaiting final endorsement as of 24 March 2014.

Secondary Subject area: ENGLISH

Learning areas (ACARA National Curriculum): 

  • ACELY1714 – Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience.

Brief lesson outline:

In this lesson, students will be asked to examine different kinds of egg cartons available in major supermarkets. Students may look at egg cartons provided in class, or at the images provided in the Egg-ucation! Resource Kit. Afterwards, students will get into groups and design a logo and packaging for eggs that have been produced in an egg production system that will be designated to them. Their design will explain the way the eggs are produced and provide buyers with the information and visual representation they need to make an informed decision.

When this activity has been completed, each group will have 5 minutes to present and explain their design to the rest of the class.

Accompanying resources/learning materials:


Coloured pencils

Prior Knowledge:


Humane education objectives:

  • Students will learn that laying hens are kept in three different systems that impact their welfare
  • Students will learn to observe and criticise information labeled on egg cartons that will help them make informed consumer decisions
  • Students will learn that farm animals are sentient creatures that benefit from living in environments which allow them to express their natural behaviours

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will be able to describe the three main egg production systems (cage, barn and free range), how the hens are kept and how to identify eggs from observing the packaging
  • Students will be able to create accurate representations of different egg production systems


1. INTRODUCTION (15 minutes)

1.1 Examine the different egg cartons (or images provided in the Egg-ucation! Research Kit)

1.2 Brainstorm on the board the words that appear on the packaging. Answers will include things like happy eggs, barn laid, caged eggs and free range. Ask students what they think these words mean, and write some answers on the board beneath these words

2. BODY (20 minutes)

2.1 Ask students to divide into 3 groups. Assign each group one label from caged eggs, barn laid and free range.

2.2 Ask each group to design an egg carton relevant to their label. Each group should design a logo, an image, and a brief description of their product

3. CONCLUSION (15 minutes)

3.1 Each group will be given 5 minutes to present their design to the rest of the class and explain why they have chosen to represent their label in this way

4. REFLECTION (15 minutes)

4.1 Prompt a class discussion, asking questions like Which do you think is the kindest way to keep hens?, Which do you think is the least kindest?, Why do you think some farmers choose to keep chickens in small cages? Why do you think people choose to buy 

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