FREDERICKTOWN — Tomatoes are not just for eating or throwing at bad actors — they can also be used to reinforce math skills, and encourage imagination and creativity.
That’s exactly what happened this week at Fredericktown Elementary School as second-grade pupils in Kathy Daniels’ class created tomato creatures for display at the 37th Annual Fredericktown Tomato Show.
On Tuesday, each child brought in a tomato and the class used math skills to determine circumference and produce graphs comparing characteristics of each tomato. On Wednesday, the pupils began creating their tomato creatures. First, they used their imaginations to think of a specific creature to make, then practiced money skills. Each student received 15 pennies with which to buy decorations such as pom poms and pipe cleaners for their creature, and had to figure out change and “account balances.” Then the production process began.
Daniels said the pupils will also be using writing skills and descriptive words to write about what their finished product looks like and what it does.
Pupil Dori McCoy chose to design a tomato princess. “I like to see princesses,” she explained, “and I like to watch their stories and stuff.” She wasn’t sure whether she would take her princess to the Tomato Show. Participation in the community event is optional.
Lucas Phillips, on the other hand, did plan to enter his creation in the show. He made a tomato cat, he said, because he likes cats. “I have two at home,” he said.
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