Tuesday, March 11, 2014

More Potato Fun

Yesterday after school, I had a poster made. Of all the students and their potato heads.

When I got to school this morning I hung it on the wall. 

I loved that without me even showing it to the kids, they noticed right away. Smiles, pointing, reminiscing of the day we made the potato heads. 

Today we got back to potatoes. 

The comprehension focus today was main idea and details. I used an umbrella to give a picture to the concept. The main idea is the umbrella, and the rain drops are the details that give evidence to prove the main idea.

We practiced once with a story we read yesterday and then we listened to Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato (from YouTube).

It was pretty easy to create a chart to document our learning.

The best part was listening to the story twice and adding to the chart. Their faces lit up with excitement and joy. They understood this tough concept!

A big highlight was planting potatoes. After asking parents to send in sprouting potatoes, the kids stuck toothpicks in the potato, plopped it in a cup, added water, and now we are waiting to see what may happen. Roots? A plant? Who knows?

And I will leave you with a special photo...

Miss Janzen and a student have spent a lot of time with the donkey these last six weeks (when we are outside, that is).

They give the donkey hay, chat, and talk about important things.

I'm going to miss seeing this when she leaves.
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  1. I am so behind on my reading! Sorry! I am always just so amazed at the experiences that your students get to have in your classroom. WOW! I wish I could show my students what a donkey is. And the potatoes....:) Just makes me smile.

  2. Planting potatoes is a great idea. Kids get so excited watching their own plants grow.
    Donkeys are very least the ones I've met:)
    Yesterday I was at the Petting Zoo with my grandson and I held a baby goat, about the size of a chihuahua. The little guy cuddled right up to me and rubbed his nose on my face. OMG! I think baby goats are even cuter than puppies!!


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