Child generated action leds to authentic connnections with taught curriculum.

KP and KB had a joint meeting to discuss possible uses for the sweet potatoes they had dug up on our field trip. (Language curriculum speaking and listening). The ideas fell within two groups, sweet potato for themselves (taking home, printing, sorting and measuring) and sweet potatoes for others (preparing communal food, selling potatoes for Kiva and giving potatoes to the homeless shelter). At a later date Sky explained to KB what Kiva does, ” Kiva is when people want to make a business and they don’t have money, then Kiva gives them money and they make things and then they get money and give it to Kiva.

Takafumi worked out that we needed to sell 25 potatoes to help someone with a Kiva loan. The children also realised the coins from the 1 Yen drive could be used as change for the sale. They sorted all the coins and took out the 10o yen coins (mathematics curriculum, sorting). They wrote down the numbers from 1 to 25 to show how many potatoes they had to sell. After the sale the money was counted by the class (mathematics curriculum, number).

The children made sweet potato pancakes, curry and kintoki (mashed sweet potato ) with Ms Yuka. She presented the children with some menu options in Japanese and the children translated the ingredients (Japanese culture). Each child cut up the ingredients and measured the ingredients (maths curriculum, measurement).

The children independently made posters for the potato sale, this provided very challenging as they had to present information in a form others could understand (language curriculum, reading, writing, presenting). This process became increasingly complex as the typhoon hit on the day of the sale. The children had to find another date on the calendar.



The video shows how the children independently sold the potatoes,asking how people would like their potato wrapped, “paper or plastic bag?” was a familiar call. The children refused to leave until the last potato was sold and decided to accept one IOU from Ms Catasti. The remaining sweet potatoes were taken to the homeless shelter as part of the high school vegetable drive. Thank you to all the parents for your support and  waiting for the end of the sale.

The children are now working out how to give the money to Kiva.

Sweet potato, eating to selling on PhotoPeach

sweet potato sale 2013 from Zoe Page on Vimeo.

6 thoughts on “Child generated action leds to authentic connnections with taught curriculum.

  1. KP – what amazing work you are doing with those sweet potatoes. I am more impressed that you actually dug them up yourselves as well – very impressive farmers! It must have been fun to experiment with the different recipe’s, I hope you will share them with us for our own Japanese culture too. Keep up the great work!

  2. Great job with the sweet potato sale! We’re curious how much money did you raise for Kiva?

    –Amelia’s mommy and daddy

  3. Well done KP! The recipes look so yummy. I wonder if you have ever tried “sweet potato
    ice cream”?
    Mrs. Robidoux
    Grade 1

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  5. We will put the recipes on the blog, but do you know how to make golden curry?

    We made tonnes of money. 2,500 yen for Kiva

    Nooo , yes Henry has it is purple. It’s yummy , yummy in my tummy.

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