for Potato Day
The students will create a fictional
character and write a description of that character.
a discussion on what kind of information can be gathered
to help describe a character in a book. Pick a
well know story book character and have the students
list attributes of that character. For example,
"What do we know about Curious
George?" The students may respond by
saying, "He is a monkey, he is curious, he gets
in trouble, he lives with The Man with the Yellow Hat,
he used to live in a jungle, etc." It may
be helpful to pick a character the students have
recently been exposed to. If they have just
completed listening to a chapter book, pick a
character from that book.
out the Potato Head
Worksheet and have the students complete the
questions regarding their own created character.
Allow them to be as creative as possible.
students may then go on to write a story starring
their own created Potato Head. Younger students
may present their Potato Head to the rest of the
class, sharing it's characteristics.
desired, have this potato character serve as the basis
for the creation in the Art
recipes which contain potatoes.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi
Barrett. Focus on the ending of how the hill of
snow looks like mashed potatoes. Have the
students think of other landscapes that resemble
food. Introduce the term "simile".
This activity may also be combined with the Art Lesson
listed under Other Lesson Ideas #2.