Monday: Potato

Mar 26, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Andrew is the new calendar and meteorologist for this week.  He added all the numbers to the calendar and discussed the pattern.  He told us the weather and found the day of the week in Spanish.  Andrew reviewed all the Spanish and Sign Language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts: We reviewed what we learned about carrots on Friday.  The children told me everything they know about Potatoes.  Potatoes are root vegetables like carrots.  Keeping potatoes in the dark avoids ‘greening’, which may make them poisonous. Marie Antoinette wore potato blossoms in her hair.  Potatoes are a member of the nightshade family, Solanaceae.  The nightshade family has many members which are poisonous but potatoes aren’t.  Potatoes are also called ‘spuds’, ‘taities’ and ‘praties’.

Emergent Reading:  Discussed:  What would you use to dig for potatoes?  We looked at a new word family “ig”.  I wrote the letters on the board and we discussed their sound.  I then placed a “d” in front of “ig”.  The children sounded out the new word “dig”.  I continued changing the first letter to make new words.  We discussed how the ‘ig’ sound never changed. 

Physical Science:   Discussed:  What looks like a potato?  We discussed things like; rocks, nuts, toys, etc. that can look like a potato. 

Social Skills:  Discussed:  How do you like to eat potatoes?  We discussed all the ways we can eat potatoes.  I then wrote down 4 ways to eat potatoes and we took a vote.  I marked an X in the column that the children picked.  We discussed more and less.  Columns: mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, potato salad and french fries.  I made the kids some potato chips out of a real potato by slicing them very thin and putting in the microwave.  We then played “Hot Potato”, by sitting in a circle and passing around a potato quickly before it burned us.  When the song stopped the person with the potato threw it in the pot. 

Physical Science:   Discussed:  What do you think a potato feels like?  We passed around a real potato and discussed everything we felt.  Explained that the bumps and dips on the potato are called “eyes”.  The potato eyes will eventually sprout and grow roots.  We looked at the art project the kids will be making in afternoon centers.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2: Sprouting Potato Art-  The children took a paper potato and glued on shredded paper as sprouts.  They then felt the texture of their potato.  

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