poem "One Inch Tall" from the book Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Students will use the terms: ratio, proportion, and measurement in their description of the life of a person one inch tall
Lesson Created by:
Marie Green, Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Manhattan, KS.
- The poem "ONE INCH TALL" from the Book - Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein, graphic organizer, paper
1. Launching the lesson (engage):
- Read the poem "ONE INCH TALL" from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
- Talk about what the experiences of a one inch tall person might be (Think-Pair-Share - ask the student to think for one minute about what it might be like, then share their thoughts with the 4 people in their group, then take notes about what they will write about)
2. Developing the lesson:
- Have students share with the entire class their thoughts about the differences they might encounter if they were a much smaller size.
- Now introduce the terms: ratio, proportion, measurement
- Once again discuss the obstacles they might have
- Introduce the idea of advantages that they might have.
- Pose the question: What kind of day do you think you would have if you were suddenly a much different size?
- Do we treat others differently if they are a different size? Do we have different expectations of them?
- Students are to write a 3-paragraph essay telling about their imaginary experiences of being only 1" tall. Instructions are: Write a 3-paragraph essay that describes the experiences that you might encounter if you were truly one inch tall. Please be certain to use the terms: ratio, proportion and measurement in your writing.
- It would also be wonderful if you could also use the term percent. To help you get started, use the graphic organizer.
Remember for a 3-paragraph paper:
- Paragraph 1 -Introduction is where you tell what you're going to talk about. Assume the reader has no idea what you're writing about.
- Paragraph 2 is the body of the essay. It includes a topic sentence and the supporting details.
- Paragraph 3 is the conclusion. It refers to the introduction.
- It would also be special if you were to illustrate your essay with an appropriate sketch.