Read to the class “Edgar Potato” ,a personification of a potato by Don Oickle. If you haven’t read it yet , this is a delightful picture book, appropriate for grades k-4.
This story tells about Edgar, a Prince Edward Island potato, who is extremely large and considered a “outcast” by the other potatoes due to his size.
“Edgar Potato” has sort of an “Ugly Duckling” theme . In this allegory there’s the realization of self-worth, tolerance (or the lack of it) resilience, and the fact that everyone has their own gifts to bring to the world.
Encourage the students to be creative when filling out the “potato profile”. The set up of the profile is similar to the profile forms found on social media sites such as Facebook. The entries can be related to potatoes or not (except for the one that asks for potato style- mashed, baked, french fries, etc.) For instance, to fill in the space for “Music” the answer could be “The Monster Mash” or something else. You might want to brainstorm the possibilities with younger children and write out the ideas on chart paper or the classroom board.
There are 2 ways to make the potato. One is to print out the plain potato and the different facial graphics. The students can make this cut and paste paper craft.
OR, you can use this as a power point tech activity, where the students will click, drag, drop, and paste the facial features onto the plain potato. Their final product will be printed out and they can add “finishing touches” if they like. Student directions for using this technology is Included.