I went shopping at the market for Rosh Hashana and came upon carrots that were unusually large! I thought, "Those are amazing! I must bring one in to share with KDH."
At circle time, I presented the VERY LARGE CARROT. There were lots of wows and eyes open wide all around. We passed the carrot around for everyone to feel and look at close up. Seizing the moment, I asked the children, "Would you like to compare the typical carrots we have in school with this one?" "Yes," they answered.
I asked them to define the word compare. Freeda told us, "That means what is the same and different." We set out to make the comparison:
Freeda: They are both carrots!
Max: They are both orange.
Noa: Both of them have stripes all around.
Dovid: You can eat both of them.
Yoni: They both smell like carrots.
Ari E: They both have peels.
We cut the large carrot and one regular one in half and looked inside.
Izzy: They both have dots inside.
Hannah: They smell the same.
We talked about carrots being root vegetables and the water and nutrients traveling up the carrot to the stem and leaves. We looked at the carrots on the outside and inside. We took out the balance scale from science center. We put the big carrot on one side. We needed seven carrots on the other side to balance the scale!
Today, the children peeled the carrots for tzimmes, a traditional Rosh Hashana food that we will eat at our Rosh Hashana party on Thursday.
Who thought that carrots could be so engaging! We can't wait until the weather cools off so that we can plant carrots in our garden.