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					One Inch Tall                                                      Teacher
Shel Silverstein                                            Level: 2nd year
                                                         Time: 45 minutes


Introduction

Introduce the lesson focussing on size first. Small versus tall. Point out
differences in class.



1. Small – smaller – smallest
Pupils work on this assignment in pairs for five minutes.

Ask pupils what they wrote down (advantage/disadvantage).

Introduce the word inch. Do they know how many centimetres one inch is? If
there is no reaction, point out to the image of the ruler on top of the second
page and let them measure an inch. Let them calculate their length in inches.



2. Poem One Inch Tall by Shel Silverstein
Pupils have five minutes to work on this exercise.

These are the words needed:

If you were only one inch tall, you'd ride a worm to school.
The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool
A crumb of cake would be a feast
And last you seven days at least,
A flea would be a frightening beast
If you were one inch tall.

If you were only one inch tall, you'd walk beneath the door,
And it would take about a month to get down to the store
A bit of fluff would be your bed,
You'd swing upon a spider's thread
And wear a thimble on your head
If you were one inch tall.

You'd surf across the kitchen sink upon a stick of gum.
You couldn't hug your mama, you'd just have to hug her thumb
You'd run from people's feet in fright,
To move a pen would take all night
(This poem took fourteen years to write--
'Cause I'm just one inch tall).



To check the words use this you tube clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFVqCOMJyZk

Pupils can hear the missing words. Go through the words afterwards, maybe
there are other words they still don’t understand.



If you have some extra time you could show this clip as well and ask pupils to
see if they can recognise the lines of the poem in this clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7p9IoydzH8



 3. Creative work
The rest of the lesson pupils can work on this assignment. Make it clear that
their work must be finished to show in class next lesson. If they cannot finish it
in class, they will have to finish it at home.

The teacher will provide all the material they use in class (magazines, sheets of
paper, glue, scissors etc.)



Evaluation of their creative work
Pupils will receive an evaluation sheet (see below) which they will fill in in pairs
(anonymous) when the creative work is presented. The teacher will decide on a
mark as well. The final mark will consist of the average of what the pupils gave
and what the teacher gave.



         Evaluation sheet for creative work poem “One Inch Tall”

Pupils names         Mark        Comment on work (funny, excellent,
                     (1 – 10)    boring, etc. + reason why)




One Inch Tall                                                    Worksheet
1. Small – smaller – smallest
Do you belong to the smaller or the taller pupils in your class?

..........................................................................................................................

Do you know your length?

.............................. cm.




Write down advantages and disadvantages for being small or tall.

                                                       advantage                                disadvantage
Being small
                                           1                                           1

                                           2                                           2


Being tall
                                           1                                           1

                                           2                                           2
2. Poem One Inch Tall by Shel Silverstein




In pairs read the poem below and underline the word you think fits best.
Remember, in a poem a word has to rhyme.

You can use a dictionary to look up words you do not know.



If you were only one inch tall, you'd ride a worm to school.
The teardrop of a crying ant would be your swimming pool / tool
A crumb of cake would be a feast / treat
And last you seven days at least,
A flea would be a frightening beast,
If you were one inch tall.
If you were only one inch tall, you'd walk beneath the door,
And it would take about a month to get down to the shore / store
A bit of fluff would be your bed,
You'd swing upon a spider's thread / web
And wear a thimble on your head
If you were one inch tall.

You'd surf across the kitchen sink upon a stick of gum.
You couldn't hug your mama, you'd just have to hug her bum / thumb
You'd run from people's feet in flight / fright
To move a pen would take all night / might
(This poem took fourteen years to write--
'Cause I'm just one inch tall).



 3. Creative work
In pairs choose one assignment:

a. Write a poem similar to this one but using your own examples. Note: you
   are now very tall !!
b. Make a collage to illustrate the poem. Use pictures, drawings, other
   material.


You can work on this assignment for the rest of the lesson. You will have to
present your work in class next lesson, make sure it is finished then. Have fun!

				
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