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Potato Day

Social Studies Lesson
for Potato Day

Objective:
The students will identify the components needed for selling goods.

 


Materials

 

Procedure

  1. Put the students in small groups of 4 or 5.  For younger students, work as a whole class to complete the lesson.

  2. Challenge the students to create a "Potato Stand".  The purpose of the stand is selling potatoes.  What will the students need to set up this business?  Pass out the Potato Stand Worksheet so the students may brainstorm and list their ideas.

  3. Give the students access to the art supplies for creating any of the items they have identified.  For example, a sign advertising their business, the potatoes for selling (could be cut from tan paper), the money for buying the potatoes from the farm, a container to serve as a cash register, etc.

  4. When the students have completed their "Potato Stands", have them share their creations with the rest of the class.

  5. Once all the groups have shared their work, discuss what they had in common, as well as any differences.

 

Other Lesson Ideas

  1. Most of America's potatoes are grown in Idaho.  Locate Idaho on a map. What are the states that surround Idaho?  How would the students get to Idaho from their home?

  2. Locate potato recipes from around the world.  For example, German Potato Pancakes.  Locate Germany on a map or globe.

  3. Have a lesson on how potatoes get to market.  Use the following web site for assistance, Dole 5 a Day (Click on the information regarding the potato in the "Reference Center".)

 

 


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