One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia C. Defelice

Schema: needing things, gardening, being lonely

Text-to-Self Connection: eating potatoes

In One Potato, Two Potato, the author retells an old folktale from China with an Irish twist.

Text-to-Text Connection: The old couple in the book are named Mr. and Mrs. O’Grady. A previous book, Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong, tells the same folktale using Chinese characters. This is an example of a text-to-text connection.

Cause and Effect: Because they put one thing in the pot, the effect is that the magic pot makes two of everything. This might be a fun way to introduce multiplication.

Predicting: Ask students to predict what will come out of the pot next.

Compare and contrast: Ask students to compare and contrast the two versions of the story.

Internal Consistency: Ask students to rewrite the story with a theme from a different country such as Mexico or Africa. Research what type of pot might be found in each country. What type of items from a particular setting could fall into the pot?

Second and third graders really enjoy this story.


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