TITLE: SPUD STUFF AUTHOR: Kathy D. Baim, Holy Rosary Elementary; Idaho Falls, Idaho GRADE LEVEL: Appropriate for Primary Grades OVERVIEW and PURPOSE: The study of potatoes was concluded with the following activity that reviewed concepts previously studied. This hands on activity resulted in a take home booklet to remember our potato unit. OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to demonstrate a variety of conceptual understandings. The student will: 1. Draw a picture of their spud. 2. Give their spud a name. 3. Measure their spud in inches. 4. Count their spud's eyes. 5. Compare spuds with other children to see who had the most and least eyes. 6. Weigh their spuds and compare their spud with others. 7. Estimate the size of their spud on graph paper. 8. Compare their spud's actual size to their estimate. MATERIALS NEEDED: potatoes knife booklets (made ahead of time) rulers paper strips to measure scales paint ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: Prepare booklets in advance (1/2 sheet size) Design and decorate per choice. ( ) represents my suggestion. Title page: Spud Stuff by _________ Page 1: Draw a picture of your spud. Give your spud a name. (Draw a decorative box for this entry) Page 2: Measure your spud. |______________| My spud is _____ inches long. |______________| My spud is _____ inches wide. (Draw a cute potato on this page) Page 3: My spud has _____ eyes. ______'s spud has the most number of eyes. __________ (# of eyes) ______'s spud has the least number of eyes. __________ (# of eyes) My spud weighs ________. ______'s spud weighs the most. _________ (weight) ______'s spud weighs the least _________ (weight) (Draw a scale) Page 4: How many squares will your spud cover? _____ My guess. _____ My count. (Draw a graph) Page 5: My spud print: (On this page, potatoes were cut in half and using tempera paint, the children made a potato print with their own spud.) TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: There are so many activities that could be incorporated into this project. We used this project during center time. The booklets and potatoes were distributed to the entire class to review and do page one together. We then were in small groups of five to six students. Approximate time for whole group activity was 15 minutes. Approximate time of small group activity was 30 minutes.
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