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Learning Area: English РEALD Australian National Curriculum InformationAustralian National Curriculum Information
Age Group: Primary

Outcomes

Students recognise that individuals and groups have both common and different attributes and that each individual may be a member of many different groups.

Introduction

The choice of inanimate objects for the analogy is endless. The only restriction is that it belongs to a recognisable group and has its own distinct physical characteristics. eg leaves, rocks, shells.

Worksheets to download

Resources needed

  • One potato each – if possible include several varieties

Suggested activities

  • Students select one potato each.
  • Students examine their potato and have one minute of silence to name and get “acquainted” with their new friend.
  • Teacher initiates the activity by showing his/her potato to the class and introducing it by means of a narrative. The story should focus on certain physical characteristics, eg, it has a certain bump because it was dropped on the way to market.
  • Students then introduce their potatoes in pairs, groups or to the whole class.
  • Students put their “friend” back into the bags. (Is there any difference between the way the students handle their “friend” and how they handled it earlier?)
  • Discuss: “All potatoes are the same!”
  • Ask the students if they could find their friend again. Invite them to try.
  • Students explain a unique feature of their potato which helped them identify it.
  • Teacher draws the analogy between potatoes and people and reiterates that a statement such as “they’re all the same” probably means that the person saying it, has not taken the time to get to know his/her friend.

Additional strategies

  • Students write group or individual stories about their “friends” or write a factual report on their potato variety.
  • Paint a picture showing the character of their “friend” or create a botanical drawing of their potato.
  • Students list, or create a Venn diagram of the various groups to which they belong and map the class similarities and diversity.

Related resources

Potatoes

Shiman David and McLean Barbara ,1991, The Prejudice Book- Activities for the Classroom,
The Alfred Dreyfus Anti-Defamation Unit of B’nai B’rith, PO Box 443, Kings Cross NSW 2011

Copyright

The Prejudice Book- Activities for the Classroom, David Shiman and Barbara McLean
Courtesy of the Alfred Dreyfus Anti-Defamation Unit of B’nai B’rith, NSW

Date: 10 October 2000