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Math Lesson
for Potato Day
Objective:
The students will weigh and measure
potatoes.

Materials

Potatoes
(one per student, if they brought them in from home)
or as many as the teacher can provide.

scales
(1 per 3 students, if available)

rulers
(1 per 3 students)

Potato
Measurement Worksheet

Brown
paper bags (1 per 3 students)

Procedure

Discuss/Review
measuring and weighing objects.

Place
the students in groups of three and pass out the Potato
Measurement Worksheet.

Depending
on the amount of supplies available, give each group a
ruler, a scale and one brown paper bag. If
there are not enough scales available, set up a
weighing area which the groups may take turns
visiting.

Have
the students assign the potatoes in their group a #1,
a #2, and a #3.

The
students should complete the worksheets, working as a
group.

If
the students are too young to do this activity in
small groups, work together as a whole class, or have
them take turns working with the teacher in small
groups.

Other
Lesson Ideas

Graph
the students' favorite ways to eat potatoes  french
fries, baked, potato chips, mashed, etc.

Make
patterns using potatoes cut in half and dipped in
paint.

Figure
out the price per pound of sacks of potatoes.

Carve
shapes (triangle, circle, etc.) in potatoes and have the students print the
shapes after dipping the potato in paint.

Since
every American eats about 126 lbs. of potatoes per
year, have a lesson on what equals 126 lbs.

Graph
the students' favorite vegetable. (Potatoes rank
as Americans' favorite vegetable, followed by head
lettuce and then onions.)


