Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato Activities

With Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato activities engage students in vocabulary, story elements, letter recognition and mental math. The diverse set of activities are great for differentiated instruction, and supports English Language Arts and Math. 


Inspire young readers to sequence stories and numbers with Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato activities. These low and no-prep activities engage students in English Language Arts skills like making predictions, summarizing, and character traits. The Math activities engage students in counting, addition and subtraction, perimeter, and place value.

As a result of the included activities, students will focus on these skills:

  • predictions
  • letter recognition and formation
  • story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution)
  • character traits
  • vocabulary
  • summarizing and sequencing
  • speaking skills: discussion prompts 
  • fine motor skills: trace words, color, cut
  • counting, skip counting, and number sequencing
  • even and odd 
  • mental math
  • addition and subtraction (with and without regrouping)
  • word problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication, elapsed time)
  • perimeter
  • rounding (up to 100,000)
  • place value (up to 100,00)

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

About the Book

Jamie O’Rourke is said to be the laziest man in all of Ireland. So lazy that he doesn’t even help his wife work their farm. Then one day, he meets a leprechaun. That is when Jamie suddenly finds himself growing into the biggest potato in the world. Soon, he is too large for the farm and village! This laugh out loud story was inspired by Irish folklore. It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and has readers of all ages giggling with delight. Buy the book.

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