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In this growth and development lesson, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head model physical similarities and differences
P.E. & Health
Title – Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head – Individual Differences and Similarities
By – Monica Zamudio
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – K-1
Time Frame – 30 minutes
EL Level – Beginning
Materials and Technology:
- Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head with various attachable parts
- colored pencils
- boxes of assorted arts and crafts
- glue and tape
- It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
- SMART board
- An understanding of the process of growth and development
Alignment with Standards:
- Expectation 7 – Students will understand and accept individual differences in growth and development.
- Growth and Development – Demonstrate an understanding of individual differences.
- Example of Work/Benchmark: Students will describe their own physical characteristic.
- Example of Work/Benchmark: Students will name ways in which people are similar and ways in which they are different.
- Students will understand and accept individual differences.
- They will understand how everyone can look different, but still be the same.
- Students will learn the meaning of physical characteristics.
- Students will learn the meaning of people’s differences and similarities and their acceptance.
- Students will follow directions.
- Students will listen and be respectful to their peer’s pictures and feelings.
- Identify Skills:
- Physical characteristics – a special quality or appearance that makes an individual or group different from others
- Similarities – having characteristics in common; having characteristics that are the same
- Differences – characteristics that are not the same
Direct Instruction Model:
- Focus/Motivation (Open):
- Teacher says, “
Today we will be learning about our personal characteristics using Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head.
You will be creating your own Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head using different materials. You will be creating your picture according to how you think you look or feel.
We all have things that are different about us, but we also have some ways that we are similar. We all have something that is unique about us, something that is special. It is important that we learn that it is okay to be different and how we are all special in our own way.
- Development (Body):
- Present definition:
Who has ever heard of the word personal characteristics?
- Students answer:
Well personal characteristics basically mean a special quality or appearance that makes you different from other people
“For example, Lily has straight blond hair.”
“Who knows what differences mean?” “You know what different means, right?”
“Well our differences are ways that we are different from other people.”
“For example, Gustavo and Kevin have differences, because they do not have the same colored eyes.”
“Does anyone know what similarities are then?” “Do you know what similar means?”
“Similarities are characteristics that we have in common or the same.”
“For example, Anna and Vivian both have brown eyes, so they share a similarity.”
- Gives examples and non-examples: (Look above for example.)
“Your shoes would not be a personal characteristic, but your nose would be.”
- Teacher will bring out Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.
- Teacher will use Mr. Potato head to demonstrate how everyone can look different, but still be the same in some ways.
- Teacher will show the variations of Mr. and Mrs. Potato head by using the different attachable parts.
- Check for understanding:
- Teacher will ask the students questions based on the information that was presented and allow the students to ask any questions that they may have.
- Closure (Close):
- Teacher will read
It’s Okay to Be Different
- , which is about personal similarities and differences.
- Independent Practice:
- Students will create their own version of Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head according to how they think they look or feel. Students will be able to use various arts and crafts materials. Students will then have the opportunity of sharing their picture with their neighbors and will be encouraged to discuss their differences and similarities.
- Teacher will check to see that students have a completed picture that represents who they are.
- Students will be asked to share their pictures with their classmates. Teacher will be observing as they discuss their differences and similarities.
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